Applause from the Masses, New Poetry, Digital Art and Photography, Revisited Taoist Poetry and Spoken Word

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Applause from the Masses

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bumbling, prattling
pretty in pink grasping
wrinkly and liver-spotted
hackneyed jesters
don the brass
paste crowns


pretty boy Hamlets
heir-apparents clad in black
mask for the masses
when the tintype
is rolling


the digital buffering


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it's a matinee performances
subbed in with understudies
elbow dances, pirate salutes
for a conned, captive crowd

fearful, righteous, scriveners
fattened and pithy publicists


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existence is easier
when someone else
gives you a script
pays you to parrot

puppets and marionettes
get handsy behind the scene
with ambitious, willing
up and comers


in the darkened house whispers
a bespectacled stage manager
on-ready to pull the strings
when the lights come up
once again


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Falstaff frolics and farcical interludes
in between commons tragedy and climax
the indefatigable and unflagging Thane of Fife
Macduff and his nature-loving zealots
approach with Birnam Wood




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Beware the denouement
when all plank strutters
are forced to wrap

it's a modern re-imagining of an old classic
but the velvet curtain still comes down
with applause from the masses
ropes swinging in the wings


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Drink deeply from your cup
Share what lies within
There is always more
Your cup is served by the Tao

An over-flowing cup
Leads to waste
Nourishes no one


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Sharpen your knife
Defend with cut after cut
Soon you will be left with a needle
Then nothing, still in want of defence



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Care not for wagging tongues
Of those who do not know the Tao
One moment they wag their tongue
The next their tail

Be not the prisoner of a puppy


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Nice metaphor played in this poem with eloquent graphics.

Thank you: calling on the Bard is never a bad idea:)

Well, look who's gone all Shakespeare!!! :-)

It's a sunny Thanksgiving Day in Florida so I thought it apropos to drop in and say "Hi" to some old friends. I hope everything is going well.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Quill

Hey, Quill. My first degree was in Theatre. Funnily enough, that combined with the science and social science I did afterwards, comes in real handy as I navigate myself through Bizarro world.

I never intended the iambic; I'm told it snuck in. You can count if you like for confirmation or take the word of some guy on the internet.

Love Shakespeare for tragedy but I always preferred Moliere for rhymes ... or the guy doing the translations, anyways.


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Nice poetry with nature photography.

Thank you:)

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