Monday, January 04, 2010

The Court Jester...

...overstepping the bounds
Click on photo to enlarge - © 2010 jim otterstrom
"His characteristic idiom suggests he is a 'natural' fool, not an artificial one, though his perceptiveness and wit show that he is far from being an idiot, however 'touched' he might be.
His folly could be regarded as the raving of a madman but was often deemed to be divinely inspired.
He holds up a mirror to make us aware of our times, mocking politicians and public figures of power and authority.
He served not simply to amuse but to criticize his masters, or mistresses, and their guests.
Jesters could also give bad news to the King that no one else would dare deliver."*
Perhaps this is my calling, Court Jester to the Evil Empire, but then again, there are so many of us... many fools dancing to the tune of our masters while cautiously poking fun, as best we can, without provoking any fatal consequences.
Keep 'em laughing, keep 'em amused, but whatever you do, don't overstep the bounds...
Alas, when I get too near the edge, I can always change hats and revert to my cover as an artsy-craftsy garden gnome.
But not just yet, these are the cold dark days of winter and I'm still feeling a tad bit cranky...
(Stay tuned for 'Looking Back From The Future', Part 3)

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Blogger Deb said...


7:09 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Dear Deb-

Thanks for humoring this old fool...

7:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pam thinks you have reached your limit, and you are to be cut off immediately! We love it!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Craig & Pam-

Now, you tell me, wouldn't that picture make a great beer label?


7:18 AM  

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