Spun on its head (verse for verse) like all parodies, this Shakespeare’s popular rendition becomes the crucible of human consciousness of our present generation. In humor, and jest, it pointedly asks questions of the 21st human race –“How are we living? How are we loving? and Where are we going?”
TO BE OR NOT TO BE, THAT IS THE QUESTION OF LIFE, LOVE AND LIVING
Shakesparean Parody, Humor : Soliloquy From Hamlet 1600 circa
Spun of its head (verse for verse) like all parodies, this Shakespeare’s popular rendition becomes the crucible of human consciousness of our present generation. In humor, and jest, it pointedly asks questions of the 21st human race –“How are we living? How are we loving? and Where are we going?”
SOLDIERS OF FATE COLLECTION OF POEMS
(Copyright work of Cash Onadele, May be shared for entertainment only, not commercial use)
Was it or was it not, that was our answer,
Why should some few always enjoy,
Living without baggage and encumbrances,
Enjoying a wealthy life without the struggles faced,
Now, by peaceful avoidance of war; seek agelessness,
Looking gloriously for immortality without a will to ever die.
Protected from surprises or even deep emotions,
Which appears to overcome normal humans,
Playfully gaming and partying along, that is awesome!
Of what purpose is to paint a vision or live disciplined?
The roadmap of the future is out of our control, purely digital.
Reduce the hope of afterlife to transcending galaxies,
it would give people no need for further concerns,
That the trouble free living we increasingly embrace now,
Requires of us no more suffering, sharing or patriotism,
We are free to do as we please, irrespective of other’s pains.
If you choose to love, show it by your reckless wantonness,
Give no consideration to shame, privacy or decency,
After all, it is a morally sick world, grab it by the throat,
Shake it down, when you can; look out only for yourself,
Thinking of others only worries your soul,
Who needs that? Jump for joy, knock it all down it’s fun.
We live it all here, no place else, no reckoning is due,
Don’t you think of heavens, they are mere thoughts of imaginations?
Yes, one exists, but those who go never return here,
So why worry for nothing?
Live out your days here, without care or compassion.
Bravely, burn life’s candles at both ends,
Dear sweet, sexy enemy of mine, die if you wish,
Do not forget or forgive me, I did you wrong.
* Parody is an imitation of a particular writer, exaggerating his particular work deliberately to produce a comic effect. Cash Onadele (Poet) here imitates William Shakespeare (Playwright) in Hamlet Soliloquy 1600 –“To Be or Not To Be?” Cash Onadele here satirically spins every verse to create an upside down comical effect.
In the original speech, a despondent Prince Hamlet contemplates death and suicide He bemoans the pains and unfairness of life but acknowledges the alternative might be still worse.
Likewise Cash Onadele, in this Shakespeare parody, yet in comical paradox point at the current pains of our world, acknowledging that to continue this path might still be worse and unforgivable.
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