Ode to Shakespeare's Skull was premiered by Pam Muse on the 12th of May 2015 at Middleton Hall, University of Hull.
Every word is written here in bone.
Even in the weak light of the moon,
darkness cannot hide the shadows thrown
by the contours of this cranium.
Flesh is wormfood, but the hard copy retains
all thought and movement of the mind.
The skull reflects the landscape of the brain:
this one reflects all features of mankind.
Feel here, behind the ear, his love of life
or by the temple, perfectionism's swell.
Trace with your thumb his bloody appetite.
On the crown, worn smooth, a little hole
where late at night the fingers pressed
—his conscience slowly worn to dust.
(Martin Kratz, 2013)
Skull by Dreckschippe
9th August 2015
Jane Manning OBE - Kings Place, London.
Ode to Shakespeare's Skull is available to purchase for £10.00 excluding postage.