(Shakespeare’s coffee shop)
I was looking to the sky early morning. I saw a beautiful dress of clouds. It is glory to God the clouds were decorated the sky with amazing shapes and pictures.
Blue color, white clouds, and the sun rises gradually in the horizon with yellowish. I went with my friend “AlHanoof” to a friend’s meeting in Shakespeare’s Coffee.
I saw her after many years. She came from USA recently. She is an open-minded, creative, and active lady.
I met her after a changing period in my life. We talked about her mother and she told me: do not interfere our friendship and your last relationship with my mother.
I told her: of course everything between me and your mother was a closed book
And I wish for her all the best. Some relationships ended with love.
Hanouf told me: you are a wise, aware, a good friend to me.
We talked about many things, we opened many topics with our friends.
We learned how to concentrate in our goals in life and be a certified professional in a creative aspect.
We shared some knowledge about work and studying abroad. We ate delicious creeps with cooked spinach, fried egg, tomato, and mushroom. The coffee shop decoration was very elegant. The British style was awesome, I loved the outdoors, gift designs, and positive atmosphere, too.
It was a really fruitful meeting. While I was looking around the coffee shop,
I remembered a nice article by one of my favorite authors Robert Holden, Ph.D.
I will insert his article for you to read it:
The last gift my mother gave me before her death (nearly four years ago now) was The Complete Works of Shakespeare. I don’t remember asking for it. We never talked properly about Shakespeare. We did often talk about spirituality, philosophy, mysticism, Monty Python and the meaning of life!
After my mother’s death, I set myself a goal to read Shakespeare’s works and watch a live performance of all the plays. With each play, I look for a message, a gift or a lesson I can take into my life. So far, I’ve seen 24 of the 37 plays.
Last Sunday, I took my wife Hollie, Lizzie (my sister-in-law) and Matthew (my brother-in-law) to Shakespeare’s Globe to see a performance of Shakespeare’s 154 Sonnets! For four hours we were drenched in rhyme, symbolism, meter and love.
One of my favorite sonnets by Shakespeare is Sonnet 55. When I read a sonnet I don't try too hard to decipher it intellectually. I like to read it a couple of times, so as to get used to the rhythm and the melody. I also like to look at a sonnet as a picture and see which words capture my attention. After that, I let the sonnet do the work and reveal something to me. Here is Sonnet 55.
Not marble nor the gilded monuments
Of princes shall outlive this powerful rhyme,
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone besmeared with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
’Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till the Judgement that yourself arise,
You live in this, and dwell in lovers’ eyes.
In Sonnet 55 the subject matter appears to “a powerful rhyme” that will outlive us all. Shakespeare’s longevity is four hundred years and counting! Another take is that the subject matter is the enduring nature of love, which survives death. And maybe Shakespeare didn’t write this sonnet; rather, it was written by love itself.
Sonnet 55 helps me to tune in to the big LOVE that is more powerful than my problems; that helps me meet my fears; and guides me through life. This big LOVE is how I felt about my mum. This love does not die. All quarrels, dramas and conflicts will, over time, disappear into love. Every argument ends in love eventually. Knowing this gives me the strength to affirm each day I choose love. Only love lasts forever and, therefore, only love is real.