Polly

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Ghazal: Will’s Birthday

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The sun shines brightly, the birds sing in tune,
today’s Will’s birthday, celebrate the day.

Elsinore, and Francisco’s at his post,
today’s Will’s birthday, celebrate the day.

Polonius hides behind the arras,
today’s Will’s birthday, celebrate the day.

Ophelia scuttles out to the meadow,
today’s Will’s birthday, celebrate the day.

An elevated skull greets the soft light,
today’s Will’s birthday, celebrate the day.

Today is Will’s birthday, celebrate the day,
and Polly will make the tea, as they say.

Polly Robinson © 2013

This was long thought to be the only portrait ...

This was long thought to be the only portrait of William Shakespeare that had any claim to have been painted from life, until another possible life portrait, the Cobbe portrait, was revealed in 2009. The portrait is known as the ‘Chandos portrait’ after a previous owner, James Brydges, 1st Duke of Chandos. It was the first portrait to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in 1856. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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28 thoughts on “Ghazal: Will’s Birthday

  1. I genuinely loved this, excellent concept and great way to celebrate THE bard’s birthday. I think you are on to something here and am jealous I did not think of it first! Well done, I am inspired to give the event more thought next year!

    • heh-heh … seems there’s much debate as to the Bard’s ‘real’ birthday, but it was assuredly the day he died (!)

      Thank you for your kind comments :)

  2. Happy Birthday, Will. Please don’t ever read my writing. You’ll be highly disappointed. Not a thee or thou to be found…

  3. Polly, this was wonderful!

  4. Your wonderful poem could be a celebratory birthday song. I’ll join for tea!

  5. oh wow…happy birthday mr. shakespeare…and i’m in for a cup of tea as well

  6. What a clever little ode to Will

  7. This is great, Polly! Plus, you gave me a great example for writing a Ghazal :-)

  8. I have awarded you with the WordPress Family Award! Please check out my post to receive the award http://wrestling-life.com/2013/04/24/wordpress-family-award/ This is a NO pressure nomination. You don’t have to do anything if you don’t want to. I just wanted you to know that I am pleased to have you as part of my blogging world!

  9. Grab the guitar and we’ll set it to music in time for next year’s celebration! :)

  10. Love it – he’s looking good for his age!

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