Dew and Time, the Readiness is All

Monday Morning Musings:

“O, that this too, too solid flesh would melt,
Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!”
(Hamlet, act 1 scene 2)

“If it be now, ’tis not to come: if it be not to come, it will be now: if it be not now, yet it will come: the readiness is all.”
(Hamlet, act 5 scene 2)

Pink Moon and Green Man
come and go, the morning dew light-catches,

snatches, holds within
each drop a world soon gone,

a momentary sparkle, passes on
snuffed, like a candle’s glow by a breath—

Sunrise over the Delaware River ©️Merril D. Smith, 2021

less or more? We decide, and if we notice
what is around us, or ignore

what is. What is not, what is to be—there, the rub,
prepare in readiness–yet, stop, see,

sniff the air, and what will be
lilacs, iris, rose—grapes to wine—eggs to chick–

flick, and in a blink, the ebb and flow of tides,
reveals what lies below the surface-

uncovered, adrift,
the bones, the rocks, the detritus of stars–

still sparkling.

Delaware River at Red Bank Battlefield ©️Merril D. Smith, 2021

April continued its craziness into May. We enjoyed summer-like weather, visited a local winery (most are now doing flights instead of tastings), then we had cooler weather and wind gusts up to 50-60 mph. We may have thunderstorms today. Meanwhile, there are flowers shooting up and goslings born.

Merril’s Theater Club: We streamed Fat Hamlet, a new play by James Ijames performed by the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. It was filmed on location in Virginia, where cast and crew rehearsed in isolation. One positive thing about streamed productions is that they can be viewed all over the world. It’s a reimagining of Hamlet, black and queered, set somewhere in the southern US with a nuptial barbecue, karaoke, and a dance party—and more comedy than tragedy (well, there is one death). You can read all about it here, including the New York Times review, and get ticket information. We both really enjoyed it.

26 thoughts on “Dew and Time, the Readiness is All

  1. I had to chuckle at the lines from Hamlet. I loved him when I read the play for the first time in the 9th grade. When I read it in college, I couldn’t abide his infernal dithering. I’m glad you were able to have a nice day out. My husband and I took a drive up to northern Vermont after being cooped up in the house for several weeks. It was good to get out.

  2. Always a treat to see what your week brought you. Not a bad idea to have a fleet rather than a tasting (helps with the bleeping distance thing 😉 ) I read the review for Fat Hamlet and am oh-so tempted to watch it!

    • I like tastings where someone who knows about wine really explains it. This was just us randomly picking some and tasting–but it was still fun to sit outside on a beautiful day.
      We both really liked Fat Hamlet. It’s different, and, unlike Hamlet, it ends on an upbeat note. 😀

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