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All The World's A Stage

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John Yaws
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0 posted 12-04-1999 12:11 AM       View Profile for John Yaws   Email John Yaws   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit John Yaws's Home Page   View IP for John Yaws

All The World’s A Stage
All the world's a stage-
Is what Sir William said,
I guess that every actor
Approaches it with dread.

The poet like the actor-
To audience does play..
Will they applaud his efforts?
Or will they say him, "Nay!"?

To touch the hearts of fickle fans-
Takes more than merely skill.
For one must play to moods you know?
And vagaries of will.

For what, one time, will draw applause
The next time gets a yawn-
Oh, what to do? Oh, what to say?
Dilemma lingers on.

Dost seem that one could specialize
In love, or ode, or prose-
Describe the grace of yonder maid-
The smell of yonder rose...

Perhaps I'd best be versatile-
Like artiste with a brush-
Instead of merely being me-
'Tis better if I'm us.

Sometime my heart is far afield-
In foreign land and clime-
Perusing long dead warriors tales
In far and distant time.

At other times I woo some lass-
In shady, summer bower-
And toast her beauty with my words
Bestow upon her flowers.

And yet at other times you know
My thoughts go drifting back-
Mistakes I've made, friends I've known
Along life's weary track.

Ah, what to write? a question that-
And who can really say?
For what might hit the spot tonight-
The morning finds blase'.
© Copyright 1999 John R. Yaws - All Rights Reserved
Poet deVine
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1 posted 12-04-1999 05:40 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Oh, how true this is! The most heartfelt poem can be passed up because the readers are in a 'silly' mood and quickly read the funny poetry. Sometimes it's hard to judge what to post. So the answer: be you. Post what YOU like. And if it isn't read the first time, someone may go to the archives some day and pull it up. It's nice to take some time and go back to read things you haven't read before, that disappeared quickly. I like this a lot.
Member Patricius
since 07-05-99
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Glen Hope, PA USA

2 posted 12-04-1999 01:02 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Yes the world it is a stage
And we are merely actors
Our script it is dependent on
Many unseen factors
We have no choice, but act life out
To take each day as they come
I hope to make the play I'm in
A least a good long run
If I can bring just one bright smile
If I can ease one pain
This simple play of life I'm in
Shall not have been in vain

Nice one GS...inspiring

Member Seraphic
since 05-20-99
Posts 24426
Cape Cod Massachusetts USA

3 posted 12-04-1999 03:13 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

Oh yes - One of my favorites of Shakespeare.... "The Seven Stages of Man"

...and you've done it a service, my friend...
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