Here I am at Bryant Park. It is Shakespeare's birthday. Alas I could not find a statue of him here, so I had my picture taken at a statue that bears an uncanny resemblance to Shakespeare. If you squint - you are almost sure it's him.
In honor of his birthday, people at the park were singing and reciting passages from Shakespeare's work. I found it all so enlightening that I went on line and selected a sonnet to share with you today. Enjoy.
“Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date: Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines, And too often is his gold complexion dimm'd: And every fair from fair sometimes declines, By chance or natures changing course untrimm'd; By thy eternal summer shall not fade, Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest; Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade, When in eternal lines to time thou growest: So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, So long lives this and this gives life to thee.”
― William Shakespeare.
Pondering the sonnet - I feel that I would not compare 'today' to a summer's day - it is a bit breezy for that. It is true that Summer is all too short and there are a few BFF's that I don't get to see as often as I would like, and I guess then, I would have to compare that situation to a Summer's Day. The rest of the sonnet gets a bit intense and I am honestly in need of a nap since I walked over a mile today. Maybe when I awake, my senses will have intensified and allowed me to comprehend more of this sonnet - until then - I fare thee a loving adieu.