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“The Court Jester”

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“The Court Jester” 

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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Waide Aaron Riddle

Author: Waide Aaron Riddle

Waide Riddle is an award-winning author, poet & screenwriter.He is the author of the paperbacks "The Power of Summer!," "Dear Tom Hardy: I Love You!," "The Night Elvis Kissed James Dean," "They Crawl on Walls," "Midnight On 6th Street" and "The Chocolate Man: A Children’s Horror Tale." All available via Amazon.Many of Waide’s poems and literary works are archived at the UCLA Library of Special Collections, USC ONE Institute/LGBT Library, Poets House/NYC, Simon Wiesenthal Center/The Museum of Tolerance & the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.Mr. Riddle is also an award-winning filmmaker. His short films "LOST HILLS, CA.," "Two Men Kissing" and "The Lines in Their Faces" are Official Selections and available via Amazon Prime.He is a proud member of: SAG/AFTRA and Sundance Association for Country-Western Dancing/San Francisco.Waide was born in Kingsville, Texas and raised in Houston. He now resides in Los Angeles.

Waide Aaron Riddle
Waide Riddle is an award-winning author, poet & screenwriter.He is the author of the paperbacks "The Power of Summer!," "Dear Tom Hardy: I Love You!," "The Night Elvis Kissed James Dean," "They Crawl on Walls," "Midnight On 6th Street" and "The Chocolate Man: A Children’s Horror Tale." All available via Amazon.Many of Waide’s poems and literary works are archived at the UCLA Library of Special Collections, USC ONE Institute/LGBT Library, Poets House/NYC, Simon Wiesenthal Center/The Museum of Tolerance & the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.Mr. Riddle is also an award-winning filmmaker. His short films "LOST HILLS, CA.," "Two Men Kissing" and "The Lines in Their Faces" are Official Selections and available via Amazon Prime.He is a proud member of: SAG/AFTRA and Sundance Association for Country-Western Dancing/San Francisco.Waide was born in Kingsville, Texas and raised in Houston. He now resides in Los Angeles.
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