Monday, October 31, 2005


OLIVEREAM: To blog, or not to blog--that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The hypocrisy and belligerence of an outrageous government
Or to write posts against a sea of fascist neocons
And by opposing end them. To quit ranting, to stop feeling--
No more--and by stop feeling to say we end
The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks
That are the result of incessant lies. 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To watch Fox TV, to go numb--
To go numb--perchance to stop thinking: ay, there's the rub,
For in that numbness what peace of mind may come
When we have shuffled off to another sovereign nation's oil-rich soil,
Must give us pause. There's the disrespect
That makes calamity of innocent lives.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of the current Administration,
Th' PNAC’s wrong, Bush's contumely
The pangs of ethnocentric arrogance, FEMA's delay,
The insolence of West Wing office, and the spurns
That Middle East merits for what is considered their unworthy oil reserves,
When the White House might its quietus make
With possible indictments of Scooter, Karl and Dick? Who would Iraqis bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after Iraq,
The undiscovered oil-rich country, from whose bourn
No Haliburton subsidiary returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
All become so accustomed to
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of corporate media
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of honest journalism,
And enterprises of mainstream newspapers and broadcast television
With this regard their reporting turn awry
And lose total integrity. -- Thick you now,
The fat Karl Rove! -- Nymph, in thy arrogance
Be all your sins remembered.
Based on Hamlet's Soliloquy


Blogger Zakintosh said...

Brilliant! Loved the consistency of quality (an aspect that generally begins to flag halfway down in such efforts).

As Sheikh Peer (a.k.a. The Beard of Awan) would himself have said "Kamaal kar ditta 'ae, tüsi!" ...

8:48 AM  
Blogger Hani said...

This is a master piece Shakespeare himself would have appreciated if he was alive!

Here's a pat on the back from an English major :D


PS: Go read my blog now! lol

10:24 AM  
Blogger neha vish said...


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Anonymous Sin said...

That was almost as entertaining as the Harry Potter parody I read on LiveJournal, which was based on Eliot's The Waste Land.

4:33 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

"For in that numbness what peace of mind may come", loved that line.

Shadowing the sad reality of that mystically-corrupted-government-no more -- one heck of a writer you are!
.. so I say -- there shouldnt be a question, blog it away, you brilliant blabber!

5:09 AM  
Blogger Ramana Siddharth said...

omer,this is really well written.i have studied hamlet in school and u have done gr8 justice 2 d bard thru this awesome adaptation of what is probably english literature's most famous soliloquy.needless 2 say i agree with most of ur views and i am glad there are people who expose the us administration 4 what it is.btw u read shakespeare's other plays like king lear,merchant of venice and all?

1:56 PM  
Blogger Shirazi said...


8:18 PM  
Blogger Shahid said...

Omer - Genius. Utter Genius.

2:56 PM  

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