When this word was mentioned, many of us went straight to google for information! Was it a real word? Where did it come from? How is the word used? And that was all that was needed to begin that beautiful trail of wonder… Thomas Skelton, the Jester or Fool from Muncaster Castle in Cumbria around the 1600’s and used in Shakespear’s King Lear. This was behind the name assigned to those perceived as low intelligence or a clown, Thome Fole. This evolved to become Tomfoolery… So where did that take us? Lots of expression about what we see as foolish, in the way we have come to live life, engage in ‘foolish’ behaviour. What does it conjure for you? One might say there is a lot of ‘tomfoolery’ about.
Interesting the poet, Tomos Roberts, has the title Tomfoolery Performance Art for his poetic on You tube. Hope you like this week’s expressions.
PS the word for next week is ‘nostalgia’.
In order to feel tickity boo about myself It’s imperative I enrol in a tom foolery course Now you may consider I’m talking pure twaddle So the learning modules should provide some models Dead set, I need to find this humour source I mean I’m not one to cause a kerfuffle I don’t want to be someone who ruffles any feathers Or create a scene that inspires a scuffle I just won’t settle for some bit of malarkey That would just lead me to be a tad snarky It’s important to me when I’m in my zany brain Because when I see and react to something insane I need to show I comprehend my response So I don’t leave others thinking I’m a ponce Now the theory and content will have to be explicit As I’m a bit of a nerd and have to have specifics I’m no good at looking for the implied Loose vague inferred meanings pass me by I expect to become proficient in stupidity And of course foolishness, silliness and lunacy. Special topics to be spelled out with simplicity Like when madness nonsense and messing around Will give me the skills to make the appropriate sounds The outcomes of my study must make me look competent So I can experience tom foolery in all its variety And be recognised as a player in this society, Heaven forbid, who wants to be named incompetent?
The Great Realisation The insight Where hindsight Was the delight
First the mockery The ridiculous About the way life had come to be Before Covid in 2019
The nonsense of our old life The realisation, we were in strife
He said, we could now see the way A shift from our usual day
From the balconies we now showed care With our neighbours we did share
The poet Tomos Roberts, continues to display On Facebook and you tube, important messages every day
Tomfoolery Performance Art A poem a day, a great start
But is it so, the we have awoken Or was the kindness just a token
Has the world actually learnt Now war in Ukraine, such hurt
Too difficult to know, which way to go What is real, how to deal – with it all
When everything we said we’d reject, Is blasting away, now even deeper regret
Great Realisation, Too soon the title Now ruthless invasion A bloody recital
Why did he choose it I hear you ask Was it a caper or a prank Or just a difficult task
Whatever it was Challenge accepted I had fun, No pun rejected
It was that day again ‘Batten down the hatches’ When anything can happen Anything that matches
With the game afoot To get the many catches What will it be? Glad wrap on the seat Fake news A feigned fall An emergency A ’surprise’…
I have had many Given and received It works best when the days Is not realised
What is it? It is the first day It is the 4 month What can it be? It is the day (am) of tomfoolery