Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Trifecta: Fool

I have a good friend who is also a blogger, Kim at Let Me Start By Saying, who is involved with a few writing groups that provide weekly prompts. I was inspired by one of her recent pieces, Snow White in 33 Words. I think it's time I gave these writing exercises a try.

I'm starting with the group that hosted the prompt that inspired the very abridged Snow White. The group is known as Trifecta, a curated workshop that provides one-word prompts once a week, as well as a unique weekend prompt. The one-word prompt exercise challenges participants to write a piece using the third definition of that word as found in the Mirriam Webster's Online Dictionary. 

This week, it's fool. A word I feel unashamedly intimate with. Here's the third entry in the online definition:
 - a harmlessly deranged person or one lacking in common powers of understanding


  
And here's my poetic take:



I think that I shall never see
Parent who lord of fool shall be.

These half-sized gambolers mind not sense.
Grown-up cares! They thrive on nonsense.
Flip flops in the blustering snow.
Toys are planted in hopes theyll grow.

In our castle, our mundane house,
Queen is trumped by scurrying mouse.
As maid she sweeps the crumbs and bits,
That fools remake in scant minutes.

The king himself is foolish found
When tickles bring him to the ground.
Wild crying fits he sighs about,
“Come in? I thought you wanted out?”

They think us parents fools, but no,
We rubber; they glue. That is so
That when their offspring come in time,
Fools their children will make of mine.

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