SOLC Day 13: Double, double toil and bubble

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March 2020 SOLC–Day 13
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This post is serving double duty for the SOLC and this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup.

I woke this morning with Macbeth’s “Song of the Witches” in my mind. It seemed to lend itself to a contemplation of our current chaotic and unsettling situation. 

Double, double toil and trouble;
media buzz, infection bubble.

Virus of ferocious speed
spawns illness, anxiety–
plunging markets, travel woes,
lights out on all Broadway shows,
social distance, closing schools
quarantines, stockpiling fools.
For lasting harm and lingering trouble,
add inept leader, boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble;
media buzz, infection bubble.

©Molly Hogan, 2020, draft

This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by Matt Forrest Esenwine at his blog, Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme. He’s sharing all sorts of happy poetry news. If you need some respite from the world around you, check out his post and maybe click on a few links. Poetry helps.

34 thoughts on “SOLC Day 13: Double, double toil and bubble

  1. lrimkunas says:

    Wow- that really speaks volumes. I´m looking forward to when we can look back on all this. I find lines from texts coming to me at unusual times. Great that you thought to take this and run with it. Wonderful diction in your poem.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Love this! Shakespeare would most definitely approve.

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  3. Gail Aldous says:

    Molly, great poem! Thank you for giving me a smile! Hopefully, it gave you a smile too and made you feel better by expressing yourself.

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  4. Nice! Hopefully all that boiling will kill he virus. 😉

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  5. Amanda Potts says:

    You know, I nearly used “Song of the Witches” in my own post today. Had I actually been able to write in the morning, I probably would have! I think Shakespeare, who loved a good leader critique, would have enjoyed this part: “For lasting harm and lingering trouble,
    add inept leader, boil and bubble.” SIGH.

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  6. lindabaie says:

    Yes, Molly, you’ve captured these recent days very well indeed. Forsooth, I smell a rat! Love the visions you’ve created!

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  7. Tabatha says:

    Macbeth is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I’m always up for a little Song of the Witches! I’m impressed that you were able to turn it into a fitting song of the moment.
    Have you seen this? It’s fascinating (and also made me laugh): https://twitter.com/AdrianEdmondson/status/1238575945717604354

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  8. Loved this poem so much I had to tweet it out! My favorite lines are these: “social distance, closing schools
    quarantines, stockpiling fools.”
    Simply expert!

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  9. Linda Mitchell says:

    P-E-R-F-E-C-T! I love it. It made me laugh in a wry way…pulling me closer to out of my funk. Thanks, Molly

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  10. Again, you are a poet for our times. Please send this to the Maine Sunday Telegram. You’ve got seven hours!

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  11. Terrific Molly, your poem may even stir up some woebegone-witch or too–and I wish it would scare away the “add inept leader, boil and bubble.” Thanks!

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  12. cvarsalona says:

    Molly, what a wonderful take-off of Shakespeare’s famous poem. I agree with Amanda. Your lines: “For lasting harm and lingering trouble,
    add inept leader, boil and bubble,” is the perfect ingredient.

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  13. carwilc says:

    You captured my mood during this time perfectly. I know the virus needs to be taken seriously, but it still feels like we are blowing it way out of proportion and creating lots of other problems, e.g. stock market, groceries, etc., that will be a lot longer than those created by the virus.

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  14. haitiruth says:

    Great job! Shakespeare knew about quarantines! I was reading yesterday that he wrote King Lear while in quarantine for the plague! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  15. Spot on! If Shakespeare was alive today, this is probably similar to what he might come up with. Did you see the post I shared on FB yesterday? 20 seconds of Shakespeare to recite while you wash your hands. I bet your poem would work just as well. 🙂

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  16. margaretsmn says:

    Great poem!

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