Hamlet’s Integrity

Michael Peach

According to Ophelia’s lament,
When Hamlet’s words have made her so distressed,
Integrity he used to represent
Before by warped insanity possessed.
In everything he did he brightly shone:
As courtier, soldier, scholar, Renaissance prince
(And, though not said, she knows he doted on
His mother – like herself lambasted since).
To us, however, he at times reveals
His true holistic mind and fervent heart;
Conveying why, when faced with life’s ordeals,
One’s passion and temperance must play their part.
++Ophelia drowns before she can discover
++That Hamlet’s “madness” is a crucial cover.

Ramat Gan
9 February 2024

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