Providence and Fate

Michael Peach

If Hamlet means by “providence” mere fate
Regarding the proverbial sparrow’s fall
(Instead of predestination), one can state
He’s not a Calvinist convert, after all.
Besides, it’s written here with a small “p”
And therefore doesn’t have to be Divine;
So, rather than theologian, he still can be
Considered a philosopher, sad but fine.
For the fate to which he stoically alludes,
Shortly before his own tragic demise,
May be death per se, which each of us includes –
Since everything that lives eventually dies.
++“The readiness is all,” Hamlet declares
++ To one who life’s fell buffets calmly bears.

Ramat Gan
19 December 2023

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