Another “Hamlet” Begins


The curtain rises
An anxious hush descends
Another “Hamlet” begins, again
The Prince in full
Melancholic flow, half-sane

On some foreign stage
Reveals himself
In soul-disturbing soliloquies
In French or Japanese
Or even Portuguese – –

The master of delays
Is seen and closely heard
Through the unseen Master’s verse
His angst and anger
Define our universe

The actors change
The timeless Prince remains
Unafraid of his Father’s ghost
In this archetypal chaos
A true love sadly lost

His world unhinged
The fat king killed at last
In unscripted violence
And Hamlet himself surprised :
” The rest is silence.”

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About VijayNair

I retired as Associate Professor, Department of English, Government Victoria College Palakkad, Kerala. I taught English Language and Literature in various colleges for 31 years. My Ph.D. thesis was on the plays of Wole Soyinka. My collections of verse include "The City and the Hermitage" (1988), "Doors Swing Open" (2008), "Eyes" (2010) and "Whispers of Light in Darkness" (2013). My poems have also appeared in the International Anthologies "I am a Poet" (2013), "With Love" (2013), "Synthesis" (2014) "Poetic Symphonies" (2015) and "Heavenly Hymns" (2015).

4 thoughts on “Another “Hamlet” Begins

  1. John Anthony Fingleton

    I enjoyed this Vijay….I will never forget castle of Elsinore…..was ‘the play’ for my senior leaving cert year…..and there were many questions.

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