My Former Student Played Donalbain in Ethan Hawke’s Broadway Macbeth That Was Buried By The Critics – James Penha

In a bloody kingdom, it was safer to be Donalbain,
with nothing to inherit and little to say, than to play the fool
or the monarch. The boy napped in wings till by the knell awoke
to mumble in sleep amens enough to terrify a witch’s toy
though the night attended not to prayers. And amens can sound
like murder. So when he learned the spring of his small part in life
was stopp’d in an augur-hole, he needed not to ask like his brother
by what fate the tragedy; it was there in black and white and red
all over. But he still could steal away and flee to a separated fortune,
safer than a hawk’d-at falcon, though for a few nights he whispered
aside of daggers in the smiles but never said again Macbeth.

 

Bio: A native New Yorker, James Penha has lived for the past quarter-century in Indonesia. He has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes in fiction and in poetry. His essay “It’s Been a Long Time Coming” was featured in The New York Times “Modern Love” column in April 2016. Penha edits TheNewVerse.News, an online journal of current-events poetry. @JamesPenha

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