Where is Hamlet when he’s needed?

The ghosts of former tyrants haunt the tyrant
knowing well that’s something rotten in the state
always grows, inspire the assassins wielding
poison blades at night; the tyrant knows that foes
are found within his closest ranks, as Ivan found
his Preussian wife the great, conspired, lied
and later took the land the tyrant now can claim..
The tyrant looks for Hamlet, Brutus among serfs
in soldiers, in children, doctors, friends and cooks.
His fear is growing and in his rage he maims
the innocent, those who tell the truths, the world
Who will end this play, who will slay the slayer well?

Prince Hamlet kill King Claudius
Gustave Moreau

Today we are celebrating the Bard at dVerse with Ingrid by writing poetry inspired by a play by Shakespeare. I didn’t write to a specific form and haven’t counted syllables but I think it may well be close to real blank verse.

Any parallel to current political events is not coincidental. There is a rumor that Katherine the Great had her husband the Tsar killed before she went to colonize the part of Ukraine that she called New Russia with her lover Potemkin.

There is something rotten in the state of …

April 26, 2022

17 responses to “Where is Hamlet when he’s needed?

  1. Here that biting style of yours comes into full force…I sought the very same to read as you wrote when I arrived here, and was not disappointed …your poem challenges wisely, for the evidence mounts, I think, for a Brutus or such, as his paranoia is showing…

  2. We can only pray that such bloody instruction returns to plague th’ inventor. Everyone wants a piece of Ukraine, but are presently finding it hard to digest. Well done, friend …

  3. you have conjoined the current events with this worthy tribute seamlessly Bjorn. Highlighting his fear, rage and mounting paranoia … so very like the ruthless royalty in Billy’s plays!

  4. “His fear is growing and in his rage he maims
    the innocent, those who tell the truths, the world
    Who will end this play, who will slay the slayer well?”

    Who indeed? May the tyrant’s fate be as Herod the Great’s.

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