One Small Shard of Bard

Brevity is the soul of wit.
– Shakespeare’s Hamlet



Doubt that the stars are fire,
to be
…..(or not)
a battalion of sorrow
(sling, arrow, sleep, death)?

……Words, words, words.

Though this be madness, listen:
……..(and be a villain).


Kerry has us pondering Shakespeare on the anniversary of his death, over at Toads.
This is a cento, created from words and lines from Hamlet.
Come play! 

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14 Responses to One Small Shard of Bard

  1. Kerry O'Connor says:

    The perfect quote to suit your style! I’m amazed at what you did with the quotes to create this ‘found’ kind of poem. This is so cool.

  2. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    I love this!! ❤ Fabulous work De 😀

  3. “My fate cries out,
    And makes each petty artery in this body
    As hardy as the Nemean lion’s nerve.”

    (Hamlet, 1.4.91), Hamlet

    oh whimsy gizmo

    your poems
    are sewn into us, thus
    you flurry ‘tween slurry
    and surreal, you are
    a crown nimble quick
    throne mindful joy
    your dug toes are
    filled with wet sand
    and we are
    wanting to wear
    your bones and rain
    explaining nothing
    save for losing self
    in a what say you
    try to be each me
    for awhile

    seized with
    a lap of luxury
    at the sea, ebbing fool
    and fate bright jagged green
    late april in the southern boreals
    a parting quick sweet to sorrow breath
    we always remember and if to forget
    by chance we can look here
    where you seem to always know
    when it was and how we did dance
    grasses tumbling spring onions
    and marjoram early thyme creeping myrtle
    and the fine parts of reach and dined
    belly spine-d articulation
    beltane is adorned with
    this year …
    EJR ©

  4. elleceef says:

    Love this, so clever and unique,,

  5. This is so perfectly done for the prompt… that quote fits so perfectly and amazing what you can do with found lines.

  6. (Edward! Edward!) And from me, For the small shard, thunderous applause

  7. C.C. says:

    With these words here….one small shard of bard (so clever) you have proven his words…..brevity is indeed the soul of wit 🙂

  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:


  9. Candy says:

    love this shard of the bard and you

  10. hedgewitch says:

    All words, in the end, yet words that change everything, like a candle changes the dark. As Kerry says, you find a way to use your style to great effect here, and yet leave clear the richness from which you draw the nerves of it.

  11. whimsygizmo says:

    Thank you all, so much. Speaks to the treasure that is the source, for sure.

  12. What a brilliant idea to do a cento…I love the way you brought these lines together…magic!

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