“Black Jester”, A Poem For Kind People In An Unkind World

I tell jokes to hide a sad soul

I laugh to hide a crying child

I listen so no one else is alone

I wear bright colors to distract from red-rimmed eyes

I am kind because I don’t want others to suffer

I teach so others may learn from my mistakes

I lie so no one else need feel my sadness

I help so no one else need be like me

I am the Black Jester


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  1. That is a brilliant poem, and can sometimes sum me up quite perfectly.

    We have to be careful not to assume somebody is having a great day, just because they are smiling…they maybe, after all, hiding behind misery.

    • Exactly my sentiment.

      Conversely, one cannot assume that the grumpy or salty dog is just mean or miserable. Sometimes we have strange ways of coping with things or conveying our emotions. That’s part of the strange contraption known as the human condition!

    • Exactly my sentiment, Julian!

      I think the reverse happens too. Some people are outwardly miserable because it’s a defense mechanism but they actually care deeply and are otherwise compassionate, courteous, and helpful souls. The keyword is “assumptions”. It’s easy to judge a person instead of the action. It’s easy to see an action or a few actions as a habit or personality flaw. Sometimes, you just have to let things go.

      I find that magical things happen when people remind others that they are appreciated, wanted, and needed. Everyone needs that sense of purpose and belonging.. or just being heard.

    • Thank you. It truly makes me happy when people can find a connection with my work. Even if its sad other people have experienced the same or worse than me.

      • Definitely!

        Everyone can relate to this poem. The response on Twitter has been great. I’m sure if you search “Black Jester” you’ll find lots of retweets and faves. 8)

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