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Monday, November 7

Gravestone


"I'll give my jewels for a set of beads,
My gorgeous palace for a hermitage,
My gay apparel for an almsman's gown,
My figured goblets for a dish of wood,
My sceptre for a palmer's walking staff,
My subjects for a pair of carved saints
And my large kingdom for a little grave,
A little little grave, an obscure grave;"

~Richard II, Act 3 Scene 3 by William Shakespeare
 
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I remember those lines clearly, as if I am inside the four corners of the classroom way back in high school. But, back then, I didn’t pay too much attention; because this play was assigned to another group (the play assigned to our group was A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Why was it stuck in my head? Maybe, it’s because our professor in Literature read those lines with conviction.

And it actually makes perfect sense.


Here’s my entry to Magpie Tales:


Passing away…
The end of life as we know it
It’s when your earthly existence comes full circle…
And what was left?





A gravestone,
An epitaph,
An inscription,
Of how people remembered you…

Your presence may have been lost
But memories of you
Still lingers







You wouldn't know it, until you’re gone
But how you lived your life matters








19 comments:

insanebloom said...

Perfect ending!

Nate said...

@insanebloom: thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment! :)

Tess Kincaid said...

Absolutely...

Nate said...

@Tess: :)

Martin said...

Sometimes we fail to realise how well connected we are.

Mimi Foxmorton said...

Well spake! (and writ!) :)

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

absolutely... the last line is perfect...

JJRod'z

citybuoy said...

How do you want to be remembered, Nate?

Other Mary said...

Yes! Good write. Love that you added the Shakespeare quote too!

Tumblewords: said...

Indeed!

Nate said...

@Mimi: thank you! :)

@JJ: aww.. thanks! i like the last line too..

@citybuoy: hmm.. good question..

i'd prefer to be remembered as The One Who Listens.. i mean, in a world:

where technology enthused people to speak their minds (from shoutouts, to wall posts, to tweets, to blog entries), where tv ads & commercials encourage people to let their voices be heard..

where most prefer apathy, others don't mind/ don't care, and only a few chose to listen..

where everybody wants to be heard..

i chose to listen..

I'd also want to be remembered as "the one who lived life to the fullest" and "the one who loves unconditionally.."

mga ganyang drama.. lols. :P

@Other Mary: thank you for kind words!

@Tumbleweed: :)

Isabel Doyle said...

truth spoken elegantly!

Nate said...

@Isabel: thank you! :)

citybuoy said...

Ang taray ng reply! Dagdagan mo ng in world peace!

Pwedeng I just want to be remembered? Tuldok. Pak!

Nate said...

@citybuoy: kulet mo, nyl! ahhaha! ganun tlga 'teh.. dahil sa Ms. World 2011.. lol.. ay, world peace? pang pageant na sagot.. whahaha! :P

Brian Miller said...

we wont know the true value of our life in our lifetime...each touch made and the ripples it caused in other...but there will be memories that out live us...

Nate said...

@Brian: true.. you wouldn't how you are really valued, until you're gone..

and yes, the memories we've made/ shared with the people we love and the people around us will outlive us.. :)

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Pure perfection and the ending is superb.

Anna :o]

Nate said...

@Anna: thank you, for your kind words! :)

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