Shakespeare's Rock

Near these Shakespeare cliffs

traveled upon since 1863

grand eminence of steam

passengers and guests to this rock

like you and me.


Near this portrait and profile

we have individually stood

once when we were young

once old and misunderstood.


We began to sketch together

the bards lichen growth

on his historic forehead

the oxidation from his nose

the erosion of his eyes

the deep stain near a bluff

above a lightly logged lodge.


His brow over Lake Tahoe

as if reflected in the immortality

of the blue lake and self

over your head on the cliffs

tourists have plummeted to death

similar to our meditative times

over our fragile relationship

and the insanity of cliff face.


The ghost of Shakespeare

to hold on to each tragedy

above the pine and light blue.

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MizBejabbers 7 months ago

Great verse and tells a story. Such realism. Where is this rock?


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Gypsy Rose Lee 7 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Nicely penned. As a poet and writer I would love to get a chance to talk with the great man.


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jhamann 7 months ago from Reno NV Author

MizBejabbers thank you for reading and leaving a comment. This rock is located between the East Shore of Lake Tahoe CA and South Lake Tahoe. I have been trying to write a collection of poems about the history of the Lake, personal anecdotes, and letters. Gypsy, I would give anything to have a moment of his time. Jamie

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