On the Throne of Narcissim

 

Wise men speak because they have something to say;

fools because they have to say something.

    Plato


On the throne of Narcissism sat the king—king Narcissist. Of his court, king Narcissist commanded a poem be recited. Without hesitation, Baroness Ego stood and recited a poem for 3 minutes. Then the Grand Duke named Arrogant arose and recited a poem for 3 minutes as well. Without ado, Queen Nepotism stepped from her throne and recited a poem for 3-minutes too. All the while, king Narcissist displays a wry smile given how quick their response was to his command. Members of his royal court cheered audibly until a hush rushed over the assembly of royals. Kneeling with head bowed and one hand raised at the foot of King Narcissist throne was the court jester named Humble. With your permission my king, may I recite a poem in your honor? Immediately jeering engulfed the court. Not to be upstaged by the royal assembly, king Narcissist silenced the court. And for 2 minutes and 2 seconds Humble recited a poem. The wisdom of this prose poem is articulated in its epigraph. Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.

 

© emmett wheatfall

 


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