Gertrude Said that Shakespeare Said . . .

I read again what Gertrude said, that Shakespeare said,
“That nothing was anything that human beings had no
meaning that not anything had any meaning.”
if you look at anything you see that Gertrude and Shakespeare
had it right for whites know that people of color have no meaning
the rich know that
the poor have no meaning,

the north knows, all too certainly, that the south has no meaning
and the west the west cares nothing for the east.
christians know that jews and muslims have no meaning,
but muslims know, they know that jews and christians
have enough meaning to be worth killing, to be worth a death or two.

so too the captains of industry know that air has no meaning and thus
breathing is nothing, is not anything, tho’ infants and the old may place
some inordinate value on each breath.

Yet I know something, despite the not anything of meaning . . . .


About Stein Ink

Gertrude Stein's cousin. Writer, Reader, Knitter. STARR Restaurant Reporter and Virtual Travel Editor for the Tri-City Voice, serving communities East of the Bay (as in San Francisco Bay Area). Married with one wife, one small dog, and an irritable cat. Raised on the East Coast, where they have an "edge" not found out here in California. Two grown children: good men with families.
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