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When Hamlet uttered his soliloquy,
in which he said, “To be or not to be,”
those indecisive words did demonstrate
a bitter state of mind will vacillate.
His father dead, his uncle now the king,
and to his mother did his uncle cling.
Ignoble wretch quite clear in Hamlet’s eyes,
self-serving letch upon a throne of lies.
He wondered how his mom could stand the knave;
to Hamlet she was always strong and brave.
Virago she, and in his uncle’s bed!
A tragedy--his father cold and dead.
“Dear mother, do not groak at such a snake!
For father’s spirit cries to me, to take
revenge as you look longingly at he--
this torch is passed, and now it falls on me!”
“What will be will be, for I now must act;
this intrigue that I know must be exact.
Let this indecision become defunct
as assertiveness stays a fine adjunct!”
“I am not irascible, still I burn
at this treachery now let loose, a turn
most foul afoot, such an evil so bold
like the snap of bone and copious cold!”
“Ah, uncle, I shall be this open book,
pointless with humor, a mere witzelsucht
for which you’ll have no words, a sneeze of dust
but with such silliness shall I gain your trust!”
“I play the fool as Denmark’s stock and trade
are subject in this lofty escalade;
and with you, uncle, from these castle heights
through an open arch I bestow your rights.”
And so with swiftness in a seize of hate,
he tossed him out the window to his fate.
Hamlet restored honor to the nation;
the people cheered this defenestration.
(Rhythm: 10) (Lines: 36)
(Written for Hawk’s Vocabulary contest; June 2011)
All 10 words used.
Soliloquy (N) A dramatic monologue that represents a series of
The act of speaking to oneself.
Vacillate (V) Sway from one side to other; oscillate;
to swing indecisively from one course of action
or opinion to another. Be indecisive.
Ignoble (Adj) Of low birth or common origin;
Characterized by baseless, lowness or meanness.
Virago (N) A loud overbearing woman;
A woman of great stature, strength and courage.
Groak (V) Look or stare at longingly
Adjunct (N) Something joined or added to another thing but not
essentially a part of it.
Irascible (Adj) Marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger.
Copious (Adj) Yielding something abundantly, plentiful in
number; full of thought, info or matter;
profuse or exuberant in words;
present in large quantity.
Witzelsucht (N) Excessive facetiousness and inappropriate or
pointless humor esp when considered as part
or an abnormal condition. “Joking Disease”
Compulsive silliness caused by a brain dysfunction;
Defenestration (N) A throwing of a person or thing out the window.
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