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Baron Wormser: Fool

 After the fool leaves The Tragedy of King Lear, where
   does he go?
Home to see the wife, play ringolevio with the 
   neighborhood kids?
Visit his local and tell a few tales about the
   impossible king.
Indulge the riches of anachronism.
He was a role not a person
No other life held him,
   though there were speculations.
How he was very like a cloud that came and went
   and came again and went. 
How he was words, rhymes:
   bit, hit, shit, wit, nit, quit.
How he was an anarchist and thus
   impossible as the king (a man for whom
   no world could work)
   a droll idealist malcontent
   who lived on folly’s edge of permissible

Later in the play no one stops and asks where
   the fool is.
Tom o’ Bedlam shows up—a bigger fool,
   a closer fool, a self-conscious fool.
Centuries later the fool appears in realist plays
   set in betting parlors and unemployment offices.
He wears a tweed cap, a cigarette perched on
   his lower lip,
A man full of ill-natured raillery about
   royalty, ungrateful daughters, lust, war.
When he tells people the king is dead,
   they tell him to sod off.
That’s when he leaves without a final gesture,
   without tears or giggles.
Disposable. Thou wouldst make a good fool.


Copyright 2023 Baron Wormser

Baron Wormser’s many books include the collection of poems Unidentified Sighing Objects (CavanKerry 2015).

4 comments on “Baron Wormser: Fool

  1. Sarah Sleeper
    April 25, 2023

    Powerful, ironic. Thank you Baron!

    Sarah Z. Sleeper Author, Gaijin 858-357-7877 https://sarahzsleeper.com/


  2. laureanne2013
    April 20, 2023

    Ah that brilliant fool – so perfectly alive in this poem!


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