Two Crafts

While clever King Claudius,
            a man to be reckoned with,
            a man to double business bound,
            stalked up and down
            the rocky Danish coast
            like a nervous Macbeth
            and made his plans
            to do, and do, and do,

Gentle Hamlet
            who would not act without proof
            because every act is a tampering
            with what otherwise might be,
            and all might yet be well,
            went AWOL on a son's and soldier's duty
            and sailed in a death ship
            meekly over the hill
            where
            beyond the horizon
            fate
            like a pirate
            came on a sunlit sea
            and stole the gentle prince that was
            to be.