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Everyone Used To Be Royal

With Thanks and Respect to Eliot and His Prufrock)

By Roy StevensPublished 6 months ago Updated 6 months ago 1 min read
Everyone Used To Be Royal
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I’m not Prince Hamlet

Nor ever was and

Horatio am I not.

Of Ophelia I can honestly attest

That her grace is not mine to arrest

The attention of the teeming lot.

Polonius would laugh to scorn

That I was ever like him born

To fumble syntax and bring a laugh

Of pity, empathy or contempt for truth

And Laertes’ rage misplaced an age

The Ghost I’m not, spoke right for sooth.

Guildenstern, Rosencrantz who matter more

Than no matter, can’t be me

Gertrude would not see me in her mirror

Upon the stage, nor Claudius come near me

While Hamlet turns the page.

Osric or the grave diggers would never see themselves

Reflected in my eyes where pools of water delve.

Am I backstage, a technician or perhaps director?

There’s no Deus ex Machina in “Hamlet”

Nor musician, painter, scene erector

Which I could contribute to this performance.

Could I be the rapier or foil

Brought out from hiding to despoil

The hopes and dreams of Denmark’s chance

At greatness in the Ruler’s glance?

No, not I nor potted plant collecting dust

Upstage amongst the bric brac to distract

The viewer’s eye, the watcher’s trust.

No, I am not the trapdoor even

For that is you between hell and heaven.

And among the audience you won’t find me

For I am not welcome in this or any act.

The players gather, take the stage

The watchers wither, weaken and age.

But I am not there it’s true

Unworthy of note, unknown to you.

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  • Donna Fox5 months ago

    I like the rhythm and feel of this one as I read it aloud. I also really appreciate the call backs to countless infamous literary characters and genius'. There's just something so concise and beautiful about the way this was constructed! Great work Roy!

  • Lamar Wiggins5 months ago

    There was style and elegance at work here. And the flow was pretty flawless. Great Read, my friend.

  • Ahna Lewis6 months ago

    Now as an English teacher, I definitely enjoyed this one! Loved the creative continuation of the line from Prufrock and the references to all the Hamlet characters.

  • Dylan 6 months ago

    I enjoyed reading this, very interesting! Well done 👍

  • Donna Renee6 months ago

    Oooh this is very interesting, reads like a real riddle. 🤔 🔍

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