Hamlet’s Epiphany

Michael Peach

When Hamlet found the Ghost’s account was true,
While viewing Claudius’ response to a play
About the murder of a king, he knew
He had to act: his uncle he’d have to slay.
Easier said than done, of course: as seen
When he mistook Polonius for the other
And slew the old man, who’d hid behind a screen
To hear what Hamlet might reveal to mother.
“There’s a divinity that shapes our ends,”
He then perceives, “rough-hew them how we will”;
And in this thought it seems he apprehends
That God shall make it clear when he must kill.
++By “providence”, it’s just occurred to me,
++Hamlet refers to synchronicity.

Ramat Gan
30 December 2023

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