Sonnet 32

here’s tom:

nicely done! tom read completely cold & on the fly, while waiting for pints to be packed for him at Toscanini’s— how’s that for good time management? you might recognize him from last night’s video — he saw kenny being filmed and was a beautiful combination of curious and willing…so we shot him on the spot!

if you feel particularly “touched” by tom’s reading it’s probably because he is a massage therapist and yoga instructor known throughout the area for his work in pain relief and management, movement, hatha yoga…and is no small enthusiast of the bard. we’re lucky to have this beautiful reading massaging our minds this morning! thank you tom for today’s daily sonnet gift!

Sonnet 32
If thou survive my well-contented day,
When that churl Death my bones with dust shall cover
And shalt by fortune once more re-survey
These poor rude lines of thy deceased lover,
Compare them with the bett’ring of the time,
And though they be outstripped by every pen,
Reserve them for my love, not for their rhyme,
Exceeded by the height of happier men.
O! then vouchsafe me but this loving thought:
‘Had my friend’s Muse grown with this growing age,
A dearer birth than this his love had brought,
To march in ranks of better equipage:
But since he died and poets better prove,
Theirs for their style I’ll read, his for his love’.

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  1. Kathleen Sills

    I thought this was a great reading especially given he read it cold. I like the spontaneity of it.

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