ay! there’s the rub.
The weekly challenge for SAPCC is supposed to be posted by midnight on Wednesdays but tomorrow I’ll be in Boston so here it is, the theme was: The Rub.
I had only one reference: Hamlet’s “To Be or Not To Be” soliloquy where he literally considers the merits of living and of dying.
“To die — to sleep.
To sleep — perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub!”
He was wondering if he did kill himself whether he would then permanently dream of life.
I know there are other uses of the term, “rub”, and I considered them: abstract difficulty or obstacle, indentation on a surface that causes unexpected trajectories, unforeseen circumstances that translate to bad luck with no remedy, but then on Monday, late afternoon, I came out of a store and looked up and I knew the Bard was signaling me. I restrained from startling those around me by saying, “ay! there’s the rub.”
After I took several photos, though, I drove home knowing with utter certainty that had Hamlet chosen death, he would have dreamt alright, no perchance about it, and his dreams would have been of this sky.
©Pat Coakley 2008
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