Harlequin

Medieval court’s poetic jester
leaps cross marble floor,
bells on cap and toes.
Sings boldly eyeing men,
their indiscretions
bared aloud.

Sag-faced courtiers
murmur hoarsely, choking coarsely,
cannot silence tales.
Red-faced king sits in midst
as women waggle fingers,
his scepter turned to stone.

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Quadrille (44 words, sans title) written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets, where today De asks us to include the word “murmur”. Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time — come on over and quaff some poems! 

57 thoughts on “Harlequin

  1. mandibelle16 February 12, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    Brave jester. I hope he wasnt behead after revealing all those indiscretions of the men at court. I like the line about women “waggling their finger” and his sceotor, his power, stone and no longer perfect or without fault.

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  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) February 12, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    I think often the jester was saved, but it was dangerous to laugh at his jokes… I could feel the tension in that court.

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    • lillian February 12, 2018 / 3:37 pm

      …ah yes, those mummuring men: courtiers afraid to have their secrets told!

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  3. whimsygizmo February 12, 2018 / 3:11 pm

    “his scepter turned to stone.” – love this line, especially.

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    • lillian February 12, 2018 / 3:40 pm

      Thanks, my friend. Nice to be back!

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  4. kim881 February 12, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    I wasn’t expecting a murmuring jester, It kind of reminds me of Danny Kaye and the pellet with the poison’s in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true, from the film ‘The Court Jester’.

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    • lillian February 12, 2018 / 3:39 pm

      Ah, glad you enjoyed….but if you look a bit close, it’s the courtiers, the men of the court murmuring as their secrets are being laid bare by the jester! 😊

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    • lillian February 12, 2018 / 4:49 pm

      Thanks! So glad you enjoyed. 🙂

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  5. Beverly Crawford February 12, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    What a creative approach to the word of the week! I bow to your wit and talent.

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    • lillian February 12, 2018 / 4:51 pm

      Well….the motivation for it was a bit dark….as in all of the “secrets” coming out these days and women finding their voices….leap it from medieval to today..

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  6. georgeplace2013 February 12, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    “his scepter turned to stone.” I like this, also. Let’s hope for the jester’s sake his heart didn’t

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    • lillian February 12, 2018 / 4:51 pm

      Ah….I think the jester has his bells on right! 🙂

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  7. sarahsouthwest February 12, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    I imagine it’s a funny (strange) job, being a jester, speaking truth to power. We need more of them.

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    • lillian February 12, 2018 / 4:52 pm

      Hah! Yes, Sarah…….catapult this to today’s political scene….satirical intent here but a simple story on its own. 🙂

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  8. Candy February 12, 2018 / 4:45 pm

    the jester makes me think of Mardi Gras – great picture of ‘courtly’ life

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    • lillian February 12, 2018 / 4:53 pm

      Ah yes…..Shrove Tuesday is tomorrow, I believe! 🙂

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    • lillian February 12, 2018 / 5:28 pm

      Oh he does….it’s the courtisans who are being “outed” with all their indiscretions that need the escape plan!

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    • lillian February 12, 2018 / 5:28 pm

      Ah yes…….the jester was perhaps our first whistle blower! 🙂

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  9. sanaarizvi February 12, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    This is a stunning narrative, Lillian!💖 Love; “his scepter turned to stone.”

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    • lillian February 12, 2018 / 7:27 pm

      Thank you! So glad you enjoyed.

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  10. rothpoetry February 12, 2018 / 8:07 pm

    I like the waggle of the finger and the scepter that turned to stone…
    Dwight

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  11. Frank J. Tassone February 12, 2018 / 8:13 pm

    Ah, the Jester. The only member of the court free to voice exactly what’s on his/her mind. Love the tradition of the wise fool you evoke here!

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      • Frank J. Tassone February 13, 2018 / 11:12 am

        Us, the poets! We say what we please, and we astonish them with our foolishness! What can they do, fire us? 😆

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    • lillian February 13, 2018 / 7:01 am

      Always happy to hand out smiles!

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  12. Waltermarks February 12, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    Ha ha, I love this. The jester turned the Kings scepter to stone and started the courtiers talking. Bet they were speculating on the end of his career.

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      • Waltermarks February 13, 2018 / 9:40 am

        No, our king doesn’t need a jester to make fun of him, 😂

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  13. nosaintaugustine February 13, 2018 / 9:08 am

    I like the connection between the old court jesters and the modern ones- I’m thinking particularly of Seth Meyers whose commentary I catch up with on YouTube. I love how comfortable he is taking a feminist stance on every issue. Glad we still have our jesters. Nicely written!

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    • lillian February 14, 2018 / 7:56 am

      Ah yes. Jesters are important I think!

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  14. Laura Bloomsbury February 13, 2018 / 10:13 am

    very entertaining interpretation Lilian – the double entendre at the end is just how a jester would entertain –

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    • lillian February 14, 2018 / 7:57 am

      Hah! You’re one of the few who caught that at the ending 🙂

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    • lillian February 14, 2018 / 7:57 am

      Always happy to hand out fun! 🙂

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    • lillian February 14, 2018 / 7:58 am

      Ah, yes indeed. Glad you enjoyed, Paul.

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  15. memadtwo February 14, 2018 / 6:51 am

    If only the White House had a court jester…(and not siting in the oval office) (K)

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    • lillian February 14, 2018 / 7:58 am

      Smiling I am! 🙂 Tipping my coffee to your comment this morning!

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