To My Last Syllable – Debbie Peters

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.

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