By Waide Riddle
The act begins. The Court Jester bows.
The jester’s gesture wins applause from the crowd.
SILENCE!! Motions his Highness!
Bells, bangles & baubles
Trinkets for the wealthy and royal snobs.
Tall tales and comedy skits and jokes for the village folks.
He swears he’s no hoax. Tricks with a mix of acrobatic kicks.
He has their attention!
He insists his mysteries are of the non- fiction.
The King is so pleased as the Queen smiles with uneasy ease.
A glittery costume of shiny tassels
He tells of the legends of dragons and magic castles.
A sudden spin and he’s a flashy blur.
A whir that startles his audience.
… purples and blues… orange and yellow hues… violets and pinks…
… fire and ice colors… a spectral marvel hovered…
… a gleam and sheen of blinding red and green…
… rainbow smoke… a billow of crimson fire came… which turned into a cobalt flame…
Commoners and royalty scream at his game.
The act is finished. The jester vanished.
The crowd roars with pleasure at the royal Christmas gift that is such a treasure.
The village musicians and minstrels break into a musical ditty.
The masquerade and charade is over. What a pity!
Now, let the holiday dance begin, as the kingdom’s choir sings in…
“What a merry ole’ time it has been!”
“Cheers to the Court Jester!”
“For it is he who has won us again!”
The Court Jester audiobook is narrated by *Emmy winner Michael McHenry. Originally published in the poetry collection “Speculative Poets of Texas” (2015/Edited by Juan Perez).
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