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.
30 December 2023