Seeing

Chicago River

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18:

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander‘st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Here is what remains after I erase all but the text in red bold:

Seeing

Summer’s temperate.
Winds do shake and heaven shines
And gold and every fair declines.
Nature’s trimmed but summer shall not fade
Nor shall thou wander in his shade.
When eternal eyes can see,
This gives life to thee.


Text: Linked to dVerse Meeting the Bar.  Victoria C. Slotto hosts and her theme is to take a text and create another text from it by erasing some of the original text.

Photos: Something to see with or without eternal eyes: “Chicago River”, above, and “Reflections Everywhere”, below, by the author.

Reflections Everywhere

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

59 thoughts on “Seeing”

  1. Man, you put in a lot of work for this one, including presented the full text & showing the culls. Puts me in mind of the old Shakespearian actor I played in THE FANTASTICKS–he would mix & match dialogue from several plays; great fun to play.

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  2. A Youthful Sonnet
    By Shakespeare sTill iN
    Way oF Number 18 surELy
    BRings ReaLiTy ageless
    timeless
    Summer
    Youth
    within.. A Brain
    thaT continues to reach
    connect and learn anew
    synthesizing avenues many
    varied focused on one interest
    one by one..
    many
    more
    never
    overwhelmed
    stiLL lEarning more anew..
    oh.. but then tHeRe iS HeART
    SpiRiT iNSpiRinG MuSinG
    SoUL Deeper so beYonD
    Analytical
    tHougHt
    aLone
    A DancE
    A SinG
    BlooMinG
    FloWeRinG
    AS HuMaN SPRinG
    nowforevermorenow..:)

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