The World In Stages ~ Glossa Poetry ~ Mindful Poetry

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“As You Like It”  ~   Illustration by Jacque Cournoyer



The World in Stages

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.

Somewhere between the script and this earthly stage,

Are the Dramatis personæ assembled and cast.

From the hero to the rogue, from the fool to the sage,

In ceaseless acts and dialogues, and scenes exceedingly vast.

We are tasked and wounded in the snares of the plot,

We are run round the compass from rapture to rage,

There is no escaping the dénouement… our lot…

When… all the world’s a stage.

The Author has propounded the theme,

The devices and props are set in place,

The audience looks on from places unseen,

To bear witness to the trials of this mortal race.

The setting forever torn between Venus and Mars,

Rendered into veils of infinite layers;

Here, all the children are as the wondrous stars

And all the men and women merely players.

The troubled head with a crown to bear,

The wayfarer that roams the earth,

The soldier, The shepherd, the maiden fair,

Those highest born, those humble of birth;

Fortunes upon the intertwining paths converge

In this world of a myriad semblances,

Those characters that emerge and reemerge…

They have their exits and their entrances.

Each of us, the centre of a brilliant creation;

Each of us, the hope for the coming tomorrow;

We rise to the din of an unheard ovation,

And cast off our failures in sorrow.

As we advance with the discretion of our souls

In accordance with the seasons of our hearts;

One woman in her measure takes on many roles

And one man in his time plays many parts.

~Mustafa Demiri


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