Sweets to the Sweet…

Ophelia by PinkParasol on Deviantart.com

Ophelia by PinkParasol on Deviantart.com

How sweetly she lay
her face below
the clear and gentle tumble
of the current
piously
the water nymphs
attended their Lady
smoothing the wrinkles
of her dress
they plait
the sorrel locks
of her hair
with unseen hands
softly clearing
the strands from
her dark eyes
that were once
wide with yearning
looking high into the sky
beyond the pale blue
and the glimmering jewel
of the sun
now closed in a pantomime
of slumber
kisses do they lay
upon her pale and colorless cheeks
and summon the water-lily
and the hyacinth
to her side
to honor her
within this watery bower
awaiting her time
upon the pyre
when tears will be offered
like flowers from
a Queen
“sweets to the sweet”

“Sweets to the sweet. Farewell! I hoped thou shouldst have been my Hamlet’s wife. I thought thy bride-bed to have decked, sweet maid, And not have strewed thy grave.”
Gertrude
Hamlet Act 5 scene 1

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19 Responses to Sweets to the Sweet…

  1. Purpleanais says:

    I will repeat: I need you cloned! Such beauty and romanticism and wild-eyed innocence…we need more of you, Eric! 💜

  2. Heartafire says:

    This is stunning writing Eric. So very beautiful.

  3. VictoryInTrouble says:

    Wow, so beautiful! 🙂

  4. AJ.Dixon says:

    This wonderfully captures the tragedy of that scene. Brilliant work, and an effect use of quotation at the end.

  5. So whimsical and pretty

  6. Lovely!!! You are an amazing writer, my friend! 🙂

  7. mandibelle16 says:

    Wonderful poem based off this quote from Hamlet! You can really picturethis sad but important occasion. The ritual involved in death, especially the death of someone so young like Ophilia for instance. It reminds of a song called “When I Die Young” by a country band called The Band Perry.

  8. I love paintings of Ophelia and have never seen this one. Thanks for sharing that. I love the ones by John Everett Millais and John William Waterhouse.

    Anyway, gorgeous piece here. I love the idea of the water nymphs attending her, “their Lady”. ❤ #mast

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