The Jester

The Jester

A Poem by Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
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A little poem that speaks of broader societal issues and the answer to resolve them.

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The Jester 

By

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada 

"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity." - George Bernard Shaw

God appeared in fool's attire 
Preformed a play of harsh satire

Before the King and crowd 
A huddled mass to disavow 

The jester played to court
Mime and gesture in contort 

He danced in silence before the realm
In painted face of ashen elm

In pantomime and grace sublime
He moved through world to capture time

A fool whose painted with a frown 
In pantaloons of ghostly clown

What sadness plucked to heart's travail 
A joker's angst would soon prevail 

What wickedness did he see
Beyond the veil of company

The Queen in guilty face
Looked away in sharp disgrace

For in the dance she saw
The wretchedness of us all

In angered rage gave King command 
His soldiers smite this hapless man

And there before the throng
God was slain at end of song

What lessons are we to learn
When one is silenced and truth is spurned 

Speak and oppose inequity 
For silence is concession to iniquity.

© 2021 Carlos Lorenzo Estrada


Author's Note

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
A quick little parable of poetry written as my muse was sleeping and talking in her sleep. Sometimes she holds out on me with some of the good profound art. It's like trying to lay a trap for a real sneaky smart mouse. Only to find out later I was the mouse all along and not a smart one either. Can't sneak anything passed a woman. They truly are smarter than men. Oh, she's waking up gotta go. Feel free to leave thoughts or comments. Thank you all.

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Hi Carlos, The Jester was slain because he spoke out against inequality. Those who have, always have the power but we should not be silent about their wrongs. I loved the content and the creative way in which you put your message across. I have to agree with you, Carlos, women are smarter than men. Their intuition gives them the upper hand. Another outstanding work. Have a wonderful evening....Mike.

Posted 1 Week Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Week Ago

Thank you Mike for sharing your thoughts on this poem. This work has a few themes within it but I fe.. read more
shadrach hah

1 Week Ago

Hi Carlos, I understand totally what you say. I did leave my chapel because I saw so many people who.. read more
It's quite an interesting thing, for the joker to tell the truth and while in its sarcasm, make fun of the queen. Capitalism doesn't punish people for critics it rewards them, what just shows that in evolution men became more tolerant and strong, faulted by his own interior silence, and his own humorous thoughts upon his disgrace. I feel this joker's pain, as he is dragged into a puninshment he brought upon himself, slayed by the soldiers, as one last joke. He's not funny, as every man who is too compassionate, showing his ideality among others, and suffering from their misery. I believe in the joke. I myself think it's impossible to change the world, and people or nature, so I rather laugh than pity the living, because the boat keeps moving in these waves of catastrophe, and no one, never, ever, moves a finger.

Posted 1 Week Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Week Ago

And yet I remain the eternal optimist for I believe a single voice can be that change. Gandhi, MLK J.. read more
Nicely written the rhymes ring out loud on reading.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Andrew for the nice comment I really appreciate it.
The jester is very clever so you don’t want to be on his wrong side.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

I totally agree. Don't let his silly costume fool you. Haha.
Good rhyming in this one, Carlos. The jester is probably smarter than the King or the Queen, but he will never be given the opportunity to prove it. Such is life in our society....a caste system of sorts. The parable is strong and the poem gives us a message. Oh, and of course women are smarter than men! :) Lydi**

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

Yes I agree wholeheartedly women truly are smarter than men and also much more intuitive as well. Th.. read more
It feels like a fancy poem to read but truly has a dig deep feelings situation happening in my mind. some I understand ,some I don't know what to call them. Either way it is enjoyable to read with the way you play the words.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Ama for your thoughts on this poem. This one I have to admit has several messages to it bu.. read more
Ama

1 Week Ago

Indeed. The more people stay silent, the more they will be taken for granted. that's why voice is im.. read more
I always felt like the jester had the upper hand and was laughing at the crowd. The inevitable dancing. I really like it.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you kindly Duff. I agree with you. The jester is not as foolish as many may want to believe.
I was waiting to see how You will end this because we all know what Jester's meaning in history, the way You ended your poem very strong, very powerful, and how it's connected to your first verse. we human's don't seem to learn how to accept each others, our differences that make harmony on this world, reading this I can't but to think again of this sentence "too kindness leads to rejection" this sentence is there in your words, accept your injustice and You are opening the door for it, there is more to come. and You and your amusing muse, what a beautiful bond You two have :> and yes we are smarter than men 😝

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

I agree totally with your statement. I feel for centuries we men have fooled ourselves into believin.. read more
It seems the jester is not happy as the king a queen frown upon him…poor jester, he’s just trying…but not happy about what transpired. He feels unequal and is distressed about this. I like the structure of the poem and also the rhyme……your muse is very smart…..
Best,
B.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you B for sharing your thoughts on this poem. I have always been intrigued by the historical f.. read more
Betty Hermelee

2 Weeks Ago

You’re very welcome Carlos!
Best B.
this little jester is very entertaining and it was very is enjoyable to picture. I love the format and rhyming which I never do anymore, well I do it but don't share it but it's always so such a joy to read it from someone else and the content is imaginative and well executed like a pro, that's not to say you are not a pro just a figure of speech. great work here

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you Patricia I appreciate the kind comment on this poem. This write was a lot of fun to struct.. read more

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