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To Be, or Not To Be: That is the Question.

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To Be, or Not To Be: That is the Question.

To be, or not to be: that is the question.

O’, to be unseen by the hands of the greater good!
Fettered with ignorance, a bliss more wanton than the love
Of a willing beauty; higher than the unknown
Depths of stars on a black hole journey; richer than
Humus long unturned by the spade of time – to be
Unmarked and bare - unknowing of what is, truly, is
The forethought of a hindsight never claimed.

Yet, to be known and to know, is the means of
The seeker, the listener, and the master of blood!
To be is within and without, the stars and the earth,
The state of no mind, and the keeper of no time;
The light in the darkest dark – unbound is this
Striving, from a heart meant to endure! But alas,
A torment follows the lit up singular, the gold
Amongst flesh, for all the world wishes to possess
Its worth; to know it intimately – to siphon its essence
From its stock piled earned, and spit each transmuted 
Cell into the dust of a desperate house;
To dust beneath the feet, of unwavering laws.

To be is death - a dying into blindness, reborn
Without a stage; unseen by hands that widdle away
Their time on precarious planks, not knowing
A thing about those who see their folly,
Nor the consequence of their unending ignorance.

To be, or not to be: there is no question.









The first line here is from the Grand Master, Shakespeare's Hamlet, act 3, scene 1...To be or 
not to be:that is the question....best line ever.

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  1. Date: 1/5/2010 4:12:00 PM

    Kristin, Congratulations on your poem being featured on the Soup this week! Peace, Audrey

  1. Date: 1/5/2010 9:02:00 AM

    Many congratulations on your fine poetry being featured this week Kristin, Happy New Year to you >> James,xx

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 12:00:00 PM

    Congratulations on having your poem featured Kristin! I hope you will be returning sometime soon. Take care. Hope all is going well with you. Karen

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 7:55:00 AM

    Congrats on this selection, dear, absent Kristin. I have the answer...the 'unlearning machine,' invented by one far greater than H.G. Wells. Love, daver

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 3:16:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Kristin. May you have may more. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/4/2010 12:22:00 AM

    Congrats on your feature this week Kristin.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 5/3/2009 9:37:00 PM

    Kristin, my belated congrats in making the semi finals...Raul

  1. Date: 3/31/2009 2:16:00 AM

    Congrats on your success in the PS contest.Best wishes for the next round Kristin with both your entries.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 11/30/2008 6:39:00 PM

    But honestly, I have a feeling we would really get along. But you may be busy or etc. If so, I understand and will not think any less of you!:) Love, Sara:)

  1. Date: 11/30/2008 6:37:00 PM

    I am always taken with this piece.:) Kristin, I have a request....I feel we are so like-minded, and I would love to get in touch with you sometime. Would that be okay? I hesitate, because most often (but not all cases) but many I contacted or were contacted by through here turned out to be just fair weather friends or not what I thought they were. I was disappointed or hurt in the end, but I really want to just have a conversation with you! So setting my fear aside, for now. You can say no.

  1. Date: 11/26/2008 6:09:00 PM

    An extraordinary mixture of archaic and contemporary phrasing... deep and contemplative. A winner for sure! Love, Keith (PS please take a look at 'Measures' if you have time.)

  1. Date: 11/16/2008 12:27:00 AM

    Congrats on your success in Tracy's contest Kristin.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 11/16/2008 12:21:00 AM

    Congratulations, Kristin, on your truly deserved win in Tracey's awesome contest. Love, Nigel

  1. Date: 11/15/2008 6:11:00 PM

    Yippeeee YAY! I knew this was a winner. This one still so blows me away. Congrats Kristin on your win in Tracy's contest! Love ya, Shar xoxo

  1. Date: 11/14/2008 3:36:00 AM

    Truly an amazing tribute to a master I bow to. He was and forever will be fabulous. I think you are well on your way too. Your words will live on a very long time, poetess Kristin! This is wonderful. The last line is perfect!! Love Christie

  1. Date: 10/22/2008 8:47:00 AM

    I have this morning been browsing through the litany of your brilliant work. I wonder? Is it all as effortless as it reads, like a God given talent, or is it the result of years of hard work. You are one worthy of envy.

  1. Date: 10/15/2008 9:36:00 PM

    A worthy tribute to a greatness of thought by a Master, and may I say not without affection, (drumrolll please...) from another Master (or to be politically correct, Mistress hehe)! Saluti Tin!!! Brgds. The Olongapoet

  1. Date: 10/14/2008 6:50:00 PM

    Wow, yours is better than Shakespeare. No offense to him, but it is. My God, Kristin! No words for this brilliance. Love, Sara

  1. Date: 10/14/2008 5:02:00 PM

    I loved Shakespeare we had to learn and recite lines from his play, and I did the one that started with to sleep perchance to dream, great write Kristin, take care D-nyce

  1. Date: 10/14/2008 2:28:00 PM

    Holy Shakespeare!!! Who are you really, and what are you doing here? I said this to only one other poet here once before, and I meant it, as I mean it now. You just blow us all away. I have no comment good enough. Love, Shar xoxo

  1. Date: 10/14/2008 6:57:00 AM

    You write above and beyond what most of us here on the soup can do! This is truly amazing. Whenever there is a challenge...you conquer and exceed expectations. This is no exception! Shakespeare would have some worthy competition in his day, if you had been around! :) Carrie

  1. Date: 10/14/2008 5:09:00 AM

    Kristin, you did him proud. When I read this I cannot help but think that perhaps Shakespeare himself inhabits the young body that is you. The words are or appear to be of Old English nature, or rather the phrasing. The thoughts are clear and yet subtle offering a tone of reflection. An amazing write my friend. Michael

  1. Date: 10/14/2008 4:00:00 AM

    Kristin this proved what I have thought since I started reading your work. Your brillance is wonderful to see. I not just saying this to say it, because I know we dish out compliments on this site like its christmas everyday...You are a wonderful writer whose talent is much deeper than you probably know. I appreciate this work and the ode to Shakespeare...Brilliant!