Slings and Arrows: Bernie Sanders Plays the Bard

Sanders: (At the ramparts; in the shadows; a windy night–)

To be or not to be—that is the question!
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or
to take arms against a sea of Hillaries
and, by opposing, end them!

To die, to sleep….

Life’s but a walking shadow—a poor player
that struts and frets his moment upon the stage
and then is heard no more.
It is a tale told by an idiot: full of sound and fury,
signifying nothing!

To die, to sleep; to sleep: perchance to dream!
Aye, there’s the rub, for in that sleep of death
what dreams may come when we have shuffled off
this mortal coil, must give us pause.

If it were done when ‘tis done, ‘tis better it were done quickly!
Seen, but unseen. Noted, but un-noted.

Is this a dagger which I see before me—
the handle towards my hand?
Come, let me clutch thee!

I played my part, and now am ready to depart.

Blow winds and crack your cheeks! rage! blow!
You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout!

All my pretty ones? Did you say all?
Noble youths who lent their ears
(not to mention time and money)—
am I to shuffle off to Buffalo, unfriend them?

Have I been out-Trumped?
(He doth bestride the narrow world like a Collosus!)
Out-Foxed by one “extremely careless”?
Oh, what Ailes me now? What Ailes us all?

But, soft, what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the East–and Jill Stein is the sun!

Oh, I am fortune’s fool!

The time is out of joint! O cursed spite
that ever I was born to set it right!

Gary Corseri has published/posted poems, articles and stories at Dissident Voice, The Greanville Post, Uncommon Thought Journal, CounterPunch, Countercurrents, Transcend Media Service, Veterans News Now, The New York Times, Village Voice, Redbook Magazine, Common Dreams, and hundreds of other worldwide venues. His dramas have been produced on PBS-Atlanta and elsewhere, and he published novels, poetry collections, and a literary anthology (edited), Manifestations. He has taught in US and Japanese universities and in US prisons and public schools. He has performed his work at the Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Gary can be reached at gary_corseri@comcast.net. Read other articles by Gary.