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My Scottish Play

I should be a renowned British
actor of the stage,
emoting the full cannon of emotions,
from bliss to rage.
Yet, a lonely thespian am I,
with no woman, no part,
only an endless series of dress
rehearsals for my heart.

"A horse! A horse! My kingdom
for a horse!",
would be even better with
other actors around, of course.
"Sleep, perchance to scream...
I mean dream..", ah dammit!
Knowing the proper lines
is important, I must admit.

No question as to the author,
no scholarly debate,
like naming the Scottish Play,
speaking of love pens my fate.
Such simple words, but
such curses they are for me,
everything seems so well, at first,
then laid waste in tragedy.

"Hey Jude, don't let me down...",
wait, that's all wrong,
that's not The Bard, but
The Beatles. Oh, what was I on?
"Out! Out! Damned spot!",
I always must speak that line,
they never make it that far,
those Lady Macbeths of mine.

Hell! Did I say "Love", and "Macbeth"!?!
"Doom! Doom! Doom! Doom!"
I shall forever be trading lines
with the walls of my bedroom.
What is it about Shakespeare
that he spells my ruin every time?
Leading ladies leaving me
to struggle alone with each rhyme.

No question as to the author,
no scholarly debate,
like naming the Scottish Play,
speaking of love pens my fate.
Such simple words, but
such curses they are for me,
everything seems so well at first,
then laid waste in tragedy.


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