Friday, February 08, 2008

Poetry Friday -- Macbeth

Act 3, Scene 2
spoken by Lady Macbeth

Hand-lettered on chipboard when I was between 16-18 years old, this was within sight of my desk for lots of years. Maybe as much as a decade. I think it reminded me to love my work. I think it said to me, "If you're going to go down, go down in the flames of your own fire. Don't go over to the other side just to survive."

I found it the other day in the two-drawer file cabinet in my closet in a file labeled "Food For Thought."

Maybe it's time to hang it over my desk again.

The Poetry Friday Roundup is at AmoXcalli this week.


  1. Anonymous11:43 AM

    I've got Shakespeare today as well, but not the Scottish play (at least, not this time.)

    This is from the "Screw your courage to the sticking place" speech, isn't it?

  2. Anonymous11:56 AM

    What a great verse to latch onto as a teenager!

  3. You were one of the cool kids, huh?

    I'm going to post that somewhere, too!!!

  4. Anonymous4:49 PM

    Man. I've been dwelling in doubtful joy, I fear. This walloped me!

  5. Oh, just thinking about the teenaged you with that quote nearby makes me happy. What else is in that magic file???

  6. "tis safer to be that which we destroy" now I'm wondering what that means... to the teenage you and to me... go down in flames? burn the candle at both ends? Hmmmm

  7. What a great quote. I, too, am wondering what else you've got in your file!


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