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Richard III (1592-1593)


Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind

the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.

The Buddha


At first dash

like a circle in the lake

what I have said is true,


but in my memory books

everything is faced with artifice—

tailored for a story I’ve now told


so many times it’s become a ritual,

and what really happened

comes back only in dreams.


As the shadow of an eagle searches for a mouse

under the snow that covers the stubble

that’s left after harvest


I stand between my shadow and the sun.

I am only where I’ve been and what I’ve seen.

I step into wherever happens next.


What was I saying? I was in the

middle of a story. I could begin again

if you tell me where I stopped.


The brittle alabaster moon,

I’m not sleeping, a notebook

that once was full of words.



[Excerpt from The Shakespeare Poems by Randy Roark. Originally published in NHS 2012, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs12/.]