05 January 2013


Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to
you, trippingly on the tongue . . . .
acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.
~Shakespeare’s Hamlet, III:2                      

To be seen and heard
to be obeyed most of all
words on the page live

Prescriptions and Laws
Descriptions and Inscriptions
Transcriptions and Plays

Poets travel through
scripts to sample, sip, strip, sense,
string and sing new songs

Posted for "Poetry Pantry - #131" at Poets United, this poem grew from this week's prompt at Haiku Heights #203 - Script.  Could I say all of this in one Haiku?  Yes, but it leaves out poets, and Shakespeare said it better in Macbeth and As You Like It:

 World stages players 
like horses in blinders who
pace and race as told.

I think I should just re order the original so that the second is first, the first is second and the poet stays last.  Hmm.

Copyright © 2013 S.L.Chast



Brian Miller said...

ha a nice look at scripts in various facets....rather more free form than scripted personally....maybe its that to be followed thing...ha...i like the third one as well...all part of the journey

Helen said...

I love the challenge of writing haiku ... yours are quite nice.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I especially love the last stanza, where the poets sing new songs.......

Grace said...

Nice set Susan, specially the last one ~ I will sip and savor your scripts ~

Mary said...

Hi Susan...thanks for your comment over at Poetry Pantry. This has indeed been a VERY busy week for me indeed!!

I liked the alliteration in this poem, thinking about words and how poets use them to 'sing new songs' (from the same old words!)

Abin Chakraborty said...

loved the alliteration in the first and the precision of the next.Old Will would have loved them too ;)

joanne said...

a thoughtful masterpiece ..... reread the set numerous times, so well-crafted

Anonymous said...

Love your take on a poet. Truth!
" Poets travel through
scripts to sample, sip, strip, sense,
string and sing new songs" best part!!!!

Unknown said...

The three string together nicely. I particularly like the diction and pace of the third.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

These fit together so nicely, and I loved the last one!

aelfbee said...

Scripts. Just played dungeons and dragons and my son the dungeon master told me how I should be playing the scene. I told him to write me the script and I might play again! I think I'll show him this poem and tell him I sing my own song and he'd be a kind master to remember that!

Dulcina said...

Excellent trio, Susan, much more than a simple set of haiku.
The order is right in my humble opinion...
Shakespeare would be proud of you!
The sound of these two lines fascinates me:
scripts to sample, sip, strip, sense,
string and sing new songs

Reading Pleasure said...

Fine set of haiku. I love the last one best

Unknown said...

This is indeed crafty! Congrats!!

WabiSabi said...

The last says it all for me!

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

I like it!

Christopher Barnes said...

Thank you.