Sunday, September 27, 2009

Shakespeare Be My Brother


Shakespeare be my brother this very night

As words free and in frolic take flight
Words of anguish, fear and pain
Words of illusion and the inane
Words to claim my longings and desire
Words to breathe these thoughts of fire
For words within the mind conceived
Create the world for us perceived
Recorded in prose, poetry and rhyme
To give purpose to life's gift of time
Words to serve intent and pleasure
Held in journals as one's life treasure
Words of moments present, moments past
And within a recorded history cast
Of all the words I in quest to heed
Silent utterances of TRUTH and sacred creed.

Rose Marie Raccioppi


"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."
William Shakespeare



William Shakespeare - Invitation Card, Wood engraving on brown paper, 1850, Ford Madox Brown, 1821-1893.


And in reflection:

"Know Thyself"
Temple of Apollo at Delphi


The more I read Shakespeare, the more I realize that in a poet's heart is ever the search for understanding, beauty and purpose. If we are open to explore the poet's pondering of heart, we will hear the questing echoes of soul.

"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages."


William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act II, Scene 7, ...published, 1623.

Imagine the engagement of heart, soul, spirit in words of praise, in words of reflection, in words of sacred creed. Imagine "know thyself" a pursuit of love, of faith, of spirit, of GOD.

I envision and currently launching, "The APOGEE Players" and The APOGEE Theater of Success." All conflicts, complexities, frustrations, the rants of suppression, anger, guilt, repression, have been recorded by Shakespeare and can be referenced for all needs of the "psyche."
Imagine instead of psychotropic medication provide we Shakespearean contemplation!


15 comments:

  1. Oh what a beautiful poem......like a prayer Rose Marie.....so enjoyed these wonderful words from your heart.......:-) Hugs

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  2. Dear Bernie, Thank you for feeling the prayerful plea.

    The more I read Shakespeare, the more I realize that in a poet's heart is ever the search for understanding, beauty and purpose. If we are open to explore the poet's pondering of heart, we will hear the questing echoes of soul.

    I envision and currently launching, "The APOGEE Players" and The APOGEE Theater of Success." All conflicts, complexities, frustrations, the rants of suppression, anger, guilt, repression, have been recorded by Shakespeare and can be referenced for all needs of the "psyche."

    Imagine instead of psychotropic medication provide we Shakespearean contemplation!


    "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages." William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act II, Scene 7, ...published, 1623.

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  3. sweet site, thanks for your work...

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  4. HI ROSEMARIE

    Every word in your peom is truth, told and yet to be told, felt and yet to be felt, known and yet to be known, feared and yet to be feared, painful and yet to be painful, joyous and yet to be joyous, loved and yet to be loved and on and on...............this is a master - piece that gives honor. YOU are honor.

    Love Gil
    pece......

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  5. Ben, Thank you for your first time visit and your comment. I look forward to your return. Best always, Rose Marie

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  6. Gail, There was something exceeding special about the inspiration for this poem. I felt a connection beyond time and space, with so many of the great thinkers, writers, and philosophers. The WORD as it is presented in the Bıble, the ancient writings, the words of Shakespeare, reflecting God and the "psyche." The dramas of misunderstanding, of suppression, of ignorance are to be replaced by a knowing that is TRUTH, that is FAITH, that is LOVE. So shall it BE.

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  7. Rose Marie! I am a Shakespeare fan and often thought I belonged in his era of prose! What a wonderful post, with all of the references, it really has made me think! And guess what, I wrote a poem today! When you have a chance, please check it out, I think it will bring a smile to your face!!!
    :)

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  8. Dear Rose Marie, I am back! How are you? Well, I loved your post. Although I am an English teacher I will read twice more later for me to think and feel more. My world is São Paulo, Brazil, you know... well, thanks for sharing with us!

    Best wishes,
    Rosana

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  9. Happy for your return. I had checked in a number of times and hoped all was well. Good to have you back. I will look forward to our visits once again. Are you in your Springtime?

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  10. Rain, Well as you know I did "check it out." Funny, but your statement, "I am a Shakespeare fan and often thought I belonged in his era of prose!" applies, applies, applies to yours truly! I am on FaceBook and found myself replying to posts as if Shakespeare were dictating the words. A flow of poetic responses came forth. The inspiration I felt the whole day through led to, "Shakespeare Be My Brother." So as posted on your blog we are now officially, "The Shakepearean Sisterhood."

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  11. Hi Rose Marie! I giggled with joy reading your reply and your comment today!! Shakesperean Sisterhood, I am a proud member of our duo!!! You know, a change of scenery, a change of society more likely...has changed me. Things I used to love and hobbies I really enjoyed, they are all coming back to me so quickly and I want to try everything again! You know, I haven't even had the desire to write a poem in decades...and I really used to enjoy it. I also was a Shakespeare nut in college and couldn't read his plays enough for my liking. The years on meds from the burnout has wreaked (wruck?) havoc on my long term memory, but the desire to read and write again is still there. I'll be back at university in January - my goal is still a physics degree, but the introductory courses I need to take aren't offered until the fall of 2010, so I'll be entering as an English Literature major, I hope I can take a course that offers some Shakespeare!
    :-)

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  12. HI ROSEMARIE-
    It is clear that you are a 'channel', a conduit of loving, honest, spiritual, wise andvast proportion.

    Love to you
    Gail
    peace.....

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  13. Gail, Thank You. We are indeed a celebration of one another. Each and all providing a message of pursuit, a message of support, a message of knowing, a message of validating, a message that opens a new door of perception and understanding.

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  14. Beautiful full of sensitivity and color blog .
    Congratulations .
    A kiss .

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  15. Loli, Thank You for being here and thank you for all the artistry you create and the beauty you put forth.

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