The Jester performs

to a world full of tears,

his mirthful attempt

to allay the crowd’s fears.


With jovial tones;

a sweet serenade,

a sharp-witted quip

for the blushing maids.


But what of the end

of his long, lonely road,

no whimsical smile,

no-one out there to goad.


When laughter runs out

and The Jester runs dry,

the reality sets in

and he can do nought but cry.


After all he has done,

what a way to go down,

with nothing to show

but a sad, lonely frown.


He begs the question,

“Was it worth my while,

this pernicious price

just to make you all smile?”


“Did I help you along

on your dark weary way.

Please now, tell me,

have you nothing to say?”


The audience turns

with a silent goodbye,

as the jaded jester

skulks off, with a sigh.




Written by Darren Scanlon, September 2009.

Revised 21st February 2016

ยฉ 2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.



26 Comments Add yours

  1. Rita says:

    So very touching, Darren. You feel the sadness.

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    1. Thanks Rita. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™ƒ

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      1. Rita says:

        Hey! Your head is spinning.

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      2. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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      3. Rita says:



  2. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like me. Everyone around me knows its my goal to make at least one person laugh everyday. Yet it is I who battle loneliness and depression.

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    1. Indeed. The mask that more of us wear than would care to admit.


  3. philbo62 says:

    In a world of sadness, apathy is king. Another good one Maestro.

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  4. olganm says:

    Sad fate of those trying to keep everybody else happy. Do take care.

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    1. Indeed, thanks Olga.


  5. The feels… ๐Ÿ˜ข Very touching.

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    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ™ƒ

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  6. melindajabersold says:

    Very heartfelt… ๐Ÿ‘

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  7. sevoiland says:

    So sad. Perfect writing however. Please, oh please, cheer up again.People out here love you and your work.

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    1. This was originally written in 2009…this is a revised, (updated) version of it.

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  8. kcg1974 says:

    ‘Tears of a clown.’ So touching with an awesome photograph to accompany your words, Darren.

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    1. Thanks Kim ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™ƒ

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      1. kcg1974 says:

        You’re welcome, Darren. Where did you ever find such a magnificent photograph? It was perfect for your words!

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      2. I know what you mean, Kim. I got it off the internet, (I have credited the site at the bottom of the piece). Every now and then when I’m looking for an image for a piece, one like this comes along which was seemingly made for the piece.

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      3. kcg1974 says:

        It’s such a thrill to find the perfect one, isn’t it? Awesome, Darren!

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      4. It is indeed… it certainly makes my job easier๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks Kim ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™ƒ

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      5. kcg1974 says:

        One of my greatest pleasures is discovering the ‘perfect’ photograph! Happy day, Darren.

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  9. Love it, Darren. Thank goodness, I’ve never been a jester. When I’m sad, lonely, angry or happy, those around me are well aware of it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. Olga says:

    Beautiful piece of writing, Darren. I was hoping for a happy ending. For some reason, I was reminded of Robin Williams. In the end, beyond his legacy, “with nothing to show but a sad, lonely frown.”

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