Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt reminds me of a poem from a former challenge – An Ode to Batsy – honestly looking back it was one of my favourite prompt poems to write. And today’s challenge offers the opportunity to revisit it… and perhaps offer some more depth…
True the prompt probably imagined this a little different, but my mind can’t help but go to Alan Moore’s haunting yarn in ‘The Killing Joke’ (as well as the DC Animated feature starring the voice of my own personal God – Mark Hamill). So in honour of these greats, I offer this humble homage…
You know I wasn’t always a clown prince
Once I was just a man
Hustling and struggling to get by
Living life on another’s demand
Instead of this beautiful grin before you
There were tired lines from a long day’s shlepp
And I was full of sad little dreams
Instead of my signature pep!
Instead of this gun pressed against this man’s temple
I probably had a briefcase and charts and a stamp
I probably never would have thought
Of turning a child’s skull into a reading lamp!
I probably had a wife who loved me…
Or some sort of family to call my own
Maybe I had a son named Timmy
Maybe… I had a home…
But it’s all so terribly blurry Batsy!
Not as clear as the blood on this knife!
Besides where’s the comedy?
In a son and a house and a wife!
I’m an entertainer extraordinaire!
I thrill and I awe and I chill
I’ll do anything for a standing ovation
I’ll maim and I’ll bludgeon and I’ll kill
It’s all such a colossal joke!
Every little thing these open eyes can see
But when I look, no one else is laughing, Bats
So I guess the joke’s on me