Variation on a Theme by Shakespeare

ed rosenthal
February 2, 2015

My original post on variations is here. The theme in question in this verse is Hotspur's death speech from the end of Henry the Fourth, Part One.   This verse treats the material quite differently than the original; it was written a bit later than the first two variations -  around 1971.

Why is there sadness?
Why tears?
Why artificial barriers?
What was; is. What will be; was.
Why should life be Time's Fool'
To fool us because we cannot see?
All of Time exists.
We have but a little bit if it,
To hug, and hold, and do kind deeds,
Our piece of Time, of course, must have a stop,
So let's begin.


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