King Hamlet Would Like To State For The Record That The Boy Takes After His Mother

In truth, I’m still baffled—my command direct,

My evidence compelling, leaving no doubt

As to the proper action or its object,

And yet the boy womanishly walked about

Nattering on in verse, racked by guilt and shame.

His questioning and inconstancy—for what?

The result—little thanks to him!—was the same,

With the unforeseen benefit of a glut

Of innocent corpses to augment his sins,

A shameful, wanton waste of the stuff of life

And blameless dead scattered about like nine-pins

All in the name of childish fretting and strife.

I am ashamed—the brooding, the pointless rage;

A man does what needs be, then gets off the stage.

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5 thoughts on “King Hamlet Would Like To State For The Record That The Boy Takes After His Mother

  1. I like the logic of this poem and its imagery of certainty, bafflement, actual action and finally the swift, efficient ideal. I wish we could take more time in the theatre, though, to see if there could be another way.

  2. This so reminds of the Irving book i’m reading right now, The title and the subject matter. Only Shakespear could inspire a feeling like this, and really, hard to explain, but it feels (not sounds or looks) like Shakespear feels. Sorry, this is monumental rambling, and me at a loss for words, fo figure. Loved it nonetheless…Ill keep it at that.

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