A Most Excellent Fancy

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Horatio believed the laws of heaven
Should be obsequious to the laws of earth.
God coughed. Only the lonely holy boy
Believed that god was stretched beyond Himself.
God loomed. God boomed. The land began to pitch…

The ghost was unhouseled, disappointed,
And unannealed when he died. He was
Condemned to walk the earth in chains, plagued
By illusions. He needed the night to end.
Horatio needed indulgences for the king.

In a cloud made radiant by the sun.
Like a turtle digging a nest for eggs.
Only to release them into the frenzy.
Of sinful murdering crows. Dependent
On tides, on winds, the moon: gravity. .

Few turtles escaped into the sea.
On horseback Horatio escaped to Rome.
You could buy an Indulgence for the dead there.
He would free Hamlet if he could crown
Hamlet’s fathet dead—a most excellent fancy.

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2 thoughts on “A Most Excellent Fancy

  1. As to where this series is going, John, I can only offer conjecture. Horacio is something of a platform that will allow me to investigate Hamlet in a ‘sort of’ poetic way. Horatio is, after all, Hamlet’s only friend, and is something of a touch tone to reality. But Horatio is subject to all the confusion people suffer. He is no towering intellect or great poetic spirit. He is something of an everyman. And so far he has been useful to me as I try to climb back into poetry.

  2. This series interests me, Jim, and I wonder where you’re going with it. I am pleased to see you writing again.
    The opening lines of this one strike me particularly: Horatio is not the only one to feel that the ways of heaven should be obsequious to those of the earth! Pretty well every one thinks that!

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