Chris Tyrimos

Foxman's Observations (The Life And Trials Of Foxman - 6) - Poem by Chris Tyrimos

The American Krispy Kreme doughnuts were equivalents of cheap brash call girls. I bit into one. Mediterranean transferor.
Reminding me of the last bit of residual ego, in my soul.
Swallowing it, feeling a lack of confidence. All from one sugary blood rush!
When preparing for 'War', apparently, water, black coffee, meat, fruit were only necessary. My friend advised me of this.

I’d seen real authentic men become bubble gum schoolgirls.
Via a penchant for Mocha, Chino’s and cocktails, haute couture hand bags and hair gels. Live and let live.
Enough of all this high life, pretentious play acting. The Good food guide does have a water bed Rolex raucous appeal?
I was stuck in the 16th century, ridiculous, pathetic really. I was the *local village idiot and Jester in this situation.

Sports cars, private number plates and a touch of self loathing in that selfie!
Let us hold hands near a bonfire and tell furious fibs frequently.
Something terrible had taken over my body and mind. More a duty than a dream. A juvenile epiphany in the Tate Britain etc.
A new hunger, God left his deck of cards on a coffee table. I stole his hand, punching Demons in Dante's Divina Comedia.

Adam had stopped sulking in the Garden of Eden. About time.
Eve was busy on Madison Avenue, flirting with Kane and Abel.
Satan was teaching Salsa in Soho, so on and so forth. You get the. Picture. Smile for the self important photographer.
Foxman noted down his furious observations, balancing in the space between a solar eclipse and a super harvest blood moon.

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Topic(s) of this poem: poetic expression

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Part VI - 'The Life and Trials of Foxman - A post-modern Gothic Fairytale'©

First unedited draft - put in place in its raw form, as part of the Foxman series of work.

A) * 'local Village idiot and Jester' - Meant in the Medieval, Renaissance and Victorian sense of the phrase, not to be confused with the way in which the term is used today.

IE; The village idiot, who had a seminal role to play in the fabric of society. There are also close comparisons with the village idiot and the village sage or anti-hero genius. The term is loaded and can be interpreted as the reader sees fit. There is an overt correlation if not at the least a close connection historically between the Idiot, The Fool and The Jester.


I] F. Dostoevsky's 'The Idiot' (1869) a clear example of the above point. Where the term 'idiot' is meant with an irony, and in fact is a reference point to an individual with personality, not necessarily a maverick, who is living within absurd, trivial circumstances and confinement.

II] See 'Fools Are Everywhere: The Court Jester Around the World' Beatrice K. Otto (University of Chicago Press. ©2001 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.)

'Who Is Not a Fool? ' ['Qui non stultus? ']
Horace (65-8 B.C.) , Satires,2.3.158

Then come jesters, musicians and trained dwarfs,
And singing girls from the land of Ti-ti,
To delight the ear and eye
And bring mirth to the mind.

III] John Payne Collier published a Punch and Judy script titled The Tragical Comedy / Comical Tragedy of Punch and Judy. (1828) Punch and Judy also at its core, relies heavily on the concept and notion of 'The Fool.' The way in which a fool/ jester antagonises purely for dramatic validation as opposed to any real validation or intellectual or physical growth.

IV] See 'The Wicker Man' (1973) . For a further exploration of the notion of the fool. Following quote, from the motion picture, all respective rights unequivocally in place. Two characters have a discussion, which touches on this multi-layered subject.

Willow: A man who would come here of his own free will.

Librarian: A man who has come here with the power of a king. By representing the law...

Willow: A man who would come here as a virgin...

Librarian: A man who has come here as a fool!

V] Thomas More's 'Utopia' with its seminal arguments to be 'A man for all seasons' on a periphery point, explains the significance of an individual being able to adjust, but find time to see the comedy of it all. Hence, here we have a connection with humour and tomfoolery as something held in the same regard as intellect, or success and even statesmanship. Statesmanship at its highest level, requires nonsense as a safety valve, for pressures, expectations. The arguments outlined in this instance are far more intellectual, and require a more circumspect tighter view of things.

See - 'Utopia' by Thomas More with Erasmus's 'The Sileni of Alcibiades' Edited and translated by David Wooton.

Hackett Publishing Company Indianapolis/Cambridge - 1999. All rights reserved.

'The core argument of Praise of Folly is that anyone who adopts Christian values (turning the other cheek, taking no thought for the morrow) will look like a fool in the eyes of the world, while anyone who is wise in the eyes of the world is truly foolish in the sight of God'

[Wooton, D - Thomas More - 'Utopia',1999: p3 Introduction]

VI] See Harsent, D - 'Mister Punch' (Oxford University Press,1984)

Excerpt: 'Punch and the Judy'

'He feels so old, something primordial
Something that surfaced through the permafrost
sliding blindly towards warmth'

C) The concept and notion of a Jester, (or to a lesser extent 'The Fool') throughout especially Medieval, Renaissance and the Early Modern Period of History, is something not to be looked at pejoratively.

But an idiot is still intrinsically an idiot, and should know better. This point, in itself, also holds a level of irony.

To be a Court Jester and or Fool meant you were employed by a nobleman as part of his household; this went all the way up to Royalty. Kings and Queens placed great pride in their jesters.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 6, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, November 29, 2015

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