June 7: 3-6 (Scottish Play sequence)

child memorizing
bird calls repeat

in the living room
Macbeth vacillates
microwave beeps

neighborhood lawnmowers
our favorite lines
in unison

if the assassination
could trammel up the —
cats yawn


The teenager is taking on the persona of a Scottish king this summer. The house is full of bloody and inimitable words.

2 thoughts on “June 7: 3-6 (Scottish Play sequence)

    • Ah yes. 🙂 But the director of my son’s (amazing) youth Shakespeare company discourages this superstition, probably because he doesn’t want to have to deal with twenty small children (they take them as young as seven) crying from their nightmares if they should accidentally slip and use the M-word. 🙂

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