Pondering Ophelia

Last week, I finished teaching a unit on Shakespeare’s Hamlet to a group of high school seniors. Many of my students were troubled by the poor treatment Ophelia, Hamlet’s love interest, was caused to endure. Arguably, said treatment led to her death. She threw herself into a pool of water and drowned. A suicide? Perhaps. The troubled state of her mind at the time of her death make the intent of her actions questionable.

Last night, rather early, early this morning, I was prompted to pen these simple words regarding Ophelia’s death. Earth shattering? No. But I like them. Hope you do too.

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Ophelia

For a moment,
she shuddered

as the cold
water scratched

her lungs.
Then, shrieks

of darkness.
The rest
is silence.

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