Dyane & Lucy, 2015
It has been far too serious around here, plus the weather’s turning cold and gloomy. Perhaps the gallon of locally roasted Rocket Fuel from Coffeol Roasting I enjoyed this morning affected me, because I’m suddenly feeling silly!
My favorite Shakespeare sonnet #29 When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes popped into my brain.
I have a degree in English literature, and once in a while this kind of thing happens. As I slurped my java, I read Counterpoint Press’ newsletter, scrolled down, and BOOM! There was an interview with that guy from my high school math class who became a bestselling author.
Seeing Norman Ollestad’s intense visage accompanied by all that glow-in-the-dark praise inspired me to commit a silly sin. I changed the Almighty Bard’s words in his beloved Sonnet #29 to reflect my current goofy, insecure state of mind.
Thankfully Shakespeare wrote the sonnet before 1923, so he can’t sue me for copyright infringement (see this post for more about that topic) although I suppose he could haunt me a la the ghost he penned in Hamlet!
To that, all I have to say in my most nasal of Valley Girl voices is “Whatever, William!”
Without further adeiu, I present the revision to you. Hope you like it!
Silly Sonnet 29 Redux to Lucy
When, in disgrace with the Craft and writers’ eyes,
I all alone beweep my lack of talent,
And trouble the deaf New York Times Book Review with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my manuscript,
Wishing me like to J.K. Rowling more rich in….everything!
Featured like her, like her with agents and publicists possessed,
Desiring this woman’s literary art and that woman’s literary scope
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee, and then my state,
(Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings
That then I scorn to change my state with 5-star Amazon reviews (among other things!)
*here is the original masterpiece Sonnet 29: When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes by William Shakespeare
Dyane’s memoir Birth of a New Brain – Healing from Postpartum Bipolar Disorder with a foreword by Dr. Carol Henshaw (co-author of The Modern Management of Perinatal Psychiatry) will be published by Post Hill Press in October 2017.