Michael Shepherd

(8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

Samuel and Harold discuss Ovid's dictum


S You look much the same, Harry
H You don’t look much different, Sam
S Though times change
H They don’t stay the same
S Or perhaps they seem to change
H Or seem to be different
S And we change too
H We’re not quite the same
S Though perhaps they only seem to change because we’ve changed
H Perhaps we’re different and they only seem to change
S On the other hand, perhaps times do change and we only seem to change
H Perhaps we only seem to change because times do change
S Or perhaps both change
H Perhaps neither stay the same
S That would make it difficult to tell
H It wouldn’t be easy
S Perhaps you’ve changed and I don’t notice it
H Or perhaps I’ve changed and you don’t notice it
S I feel mostly the same, though
H I don’t feel much different
S Though in some ways I feel different
H I don’t feel quite the same myself
S Life moves on
H It doesn’t stay the same
S Though I’d know you anywhere
H I can’t imagine not knowing you. Anywhere.
S Our plays change, but the dialogue…don’t you think?
H They are different, but the dialogue…as you say..
S Alive or dead… the play doesn’t change…
H Dead or alive…the play stays much the same, , ,
S Though the dialogue…
H Ah yes, the dialogue…
S Yours, for instance…
H Or indeed, yours…
S That dictum of Ovid…
H Ah yes, Ovid’s dictum...
S So true…
H Not untrue…
S Plus ca change... as they say, Harry...
H... plus ca la meme chose, as they say, Sam...


(Curtain)



For Jerry.

Submitted: Thursday, July 20, 2006
Edited: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

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  • Nalini Hebbar (7/20/2006 8:39:00 PM)

    that was beautiful michael...i like the way the dialogue goes...dont we all do this...say the same thing in diff ways...things dont really change do they? ...we think it does...even if it does, it doesnt matter...its all in the mind...we look at things differently as we grow older...ten for this beauty...love...nalini (Report) Reply

  • Declan McHenry (7/20/2006 2:28:00 PM)

    I always expect Ovid to get egg on his face! Sorry. However, a grand work Michael. As thought encouraging as ever. (Report) Reply

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