Fool’s Odyssey 16

Fool's Odyssey

To read Fool’s Odyssey from the beginning, click here.

Chapter Four: Wanderings in the Wilderness (Continued)

Previously: The Fool boarded a bus for Barcelona.

The bus relieved itself in Gerona

and let out my friend Daniel,

then ceased its journey in Barcelona.


O, Barcelona!

Oh, God!

Things were strange enough when I did understand the language.

At the Barcelona Zoo I asked someone where I could buy

“a bag of children.”

I try to speak with such native flair, but I know when I do

I must have that same dull, sweet expression

as my friend’s Irish Setter

when he says, “I love you”

in dog.


But I did love them–the Barcelonans.


silly brilliant gifted idiot that I was–

I wanted to help them (imagine)–

so rich in their poverty, so poor in their wealth.


With what?


Barcelona was:

the sweetest raisins I’ve ever had

and streaky beards

and women as lovely as sand;

and priests who stand in doorways and yell

at bums who dribble

and pee into dancing fountains;

and down by the harbor, old ship’s cats

who’ve lost their sea-legs,

boney things that stammer when they meow.

I saw a pirate in a doorway;

the best he could do was a canary.


At the Harbor I stood watching…

for what?

for who?

The voice hadn’t disturbed my sleep for three nights now.


What were you doing, Francisco Franco?

What were you trying to do?

Look what you did.


I was glad the voice was hadn’t come back.

I missed it terribly.


With gentle, undulating,

pink and purple dispositions,

the dolphins sail the Costa Brava.

I think dolphins are

a lot more human than people.

To read Fool’s Odyssey 17, click here.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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4 Responses to Fool’s Odyssey 16

  1. Pingback: Fool’s Odyssey 15 | Mitch Teemley

  2. Rose Wolfe says:

    I agree. It does seem sometimes as if Dolphins are a lot more human than people.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. smzang says:

    Maybe this one is the best so far…no they’re all good, but this one is among the special!

    Liked by 1 person

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