Talk Like Shakespeare Day 2015
Did thou knowest William Shakespeare would arriveth at the ripe olde age of 451 years old today, April 23, 2015?
Mayhaps in celebration of Talk Like Shakespeare Day, thou may enjoyest this ode to Fishing in the Spiral. Cast a line and catch a Sharkspear today!
All the Spiral’s a Pond
All the Spiral’s a pond,
And all the Wizards merely anglers;
They have their waves and their shores,
And one Wizard in their time catches many Dekois,
Their acts being seven ranks. At first, the Novice,
Casting and missing in the Commons pond.
Then the Neophyte, with few lures
And shining morning face, creeping like a snail
Unwillingly to catch. And then the Apprentice,
Fire lures like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to the Be Mine Fish. Then the Initiate,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the Bearded Trout,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in dueling,
Seeking the most badges
Even in the Catfish’s mouth. And then the Intermediate,
In fair round belly of a whopper Codfather,
With eyes severe and suit of formal cut,
Full of wise tips and fishing quests;
And so they fish their best. The sixth age shifts
Into the Journeyman Angler,
With spectacles on nose like the Four-Eyed Grouper;
Their youthful rank, well saved, a Spiral too wide
For the Sun Ray, and its big yellow fins,
Turning again toward childish Todd Poles, pipes
And whistles in the splash. Last rank of all, Adept Angler
That ends this strange eventful past-time,
Of second hobby and energy gear,
Sans Bone Fish, sans Execushiner, sans Frankenfish, sans everything.
(Parody of the “All the world’s a stage” monologue from As You Like It by William Shakespeare.)