And by a sleep to say we end The heartache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to.

I wonder if anyone has ever numbered the natural shocks. I thought about making a list of them myself but then realized how many a thousand really is. I’m not sure I care to think of a THOUSAND natural shocks.

And then there would be the question of which sort of shocks are the natural ones that flesh is heir to. Would they be the physical ones? The heart attacks, the sharp pains in the belly, the sudden loss of breath, the ruptured appendix? Or would they be the metaphoric? We’ve already got heartache on the list. Would we add disappointment?
Betrayal? Despair? Fury?
We are vulnerable to so much and how we bear it, that’s our survival.

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