To Shakespeare on his four hundredth anniversary

We saw you on your birthday, you were great!
You always are, you’re old, but damn you’re good.
Hotspur and Hal, the cast were all first rate
They did you proud, as you might hope they would.

There’s four plays out of forty I’ve not seen.
I have to say there’s really quite a range
From high of Hamlet, low of Cymbeline
Most awesome, others really kind of strange.

Chicago this year’s doing every play
Even the doubtful ones. I saw Twelfth Night,
Othello, Lear, Twelfth Night again next day.
Laughed fit to bust. Malvolio! Just right.

The graveyard claims you’re dead. It’s just not true.
You live and breathe on stage; there we see you.

May 2nd 2016