Shake Those Spears


South African.

Leafy goodness!

To be or not to be?

A consciousness of stream

The weight of human ignorance

Annihilates the dream

An agony of intellect

A crisis of the soul

Wherefore art thou now

O common human goal?

To sleep, perchance to steal

As violence touches all

Our modern take on fascism

Rides roughshod at the mall

Out, damned spot, out

Bleak future rears its head

Life’s but a walking shadow now

Please tell me, am I dead?


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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

I agree with much of the sentiment, specifically ignorance destroying the dream. I'd thought we were just a step away from the Star Trek future and now I think we're a step away from a Mad Max one instead. I appreciate the Shakespeare--I literally just got your title as I wrote that.

  • #2956 Posted 5 years ago
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Thanks for the comment Robert!

Yeah, it's pretty much Mad Max here in South Africa already, but things are looking pretty grim in Europe and the US too...

Where's Gene Roddenberry when you need him, 'eh?


  • #2974 Posted 5 years ago
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Robert Quick

Robert Quick

Gone and his idealism with him sadly.

  • #2976 Posted 5 years ago
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Lampyris Noctiluca

Lampyris Noctiluca

I love your original use of Shakespeare, and the poem you crafted/assembled rhymes beautifully too. It's cool how the lines the weight of human ignorance / Annihilates the dream express an idea that is arguably opposite to Hamlet's: he seems to attribute the annihilation to reason (Thus conscience does make cowards of us all: / And thus the native hue of resolution / Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought), whereas you blame it ignorance. Interesting!

  • #3826 Posted 4 years ago
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Thank you for your kind words and insightful comments!

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