After William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17–28) His hour upon the stage Was a tale well told Full of love and meaning Signifying everything. Time should stop When one so special no longer is. The sun should not rise Nor the moon shine. But life’s walking shadow Creeps on in its petty pace And I am left with no one Who has lived in my skin. I am heard no more. I will strut and fret In the fury of grief’s void To my last syllable.
Debbie Peters is an attorney by profession, living in New York City, who can be found (Covid-permitting) wandering her favorite bookstores in the Big Apple. She dedicates her work to her beloved Gerson Lesser.