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To be, or not to be, that is the question

Women poem

Shakespeare reminiscence. To be, or not to be, that is the question: is the last question will be asked just before life is passed.

(from Hamlet, spoken by Hamlet)To be, or not to be, that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep,
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to: ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub:
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause—there’s the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
Th’oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
The pangs of dispriz’d love, the law’s delay,
The insolence of office, and the spurns
That patient merit of th’unworthy takes,
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin? Who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after death,
The undiscovere’d country, from whose bourn
No traveller returns, puzzles the will,
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action.

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Mayan Ancient Poem – Chilam Balam

Poem to women

“All moons, all year, all day, all winds walk and pass you by. Also, all blood arrives at its place of quiet…” (Fragment of “Chilam Balam”)

Chilam Balam from Tizimín:

Eat, eat so you’ll have bread;

drink, drink so you’ll have water.

That day, dust will cover the Earth;

that day, a plague will take over the surface of the Earth;

that day, a cloud will rise up;

that day, a strong, powerful man will take power of the Earth;

that day, houses will fall in ruins;

that day, tender foliage will be destroyed;

that day, there will be three signs in the tree;

that day, three generations will hang from it;

that day, we will raise the battle standard

and (the men) will disperse in the forest.