Black Petals Issue #91, Spring, 2020

The Buffoon
BP Artists and Illustrators
Mars-News, Views and Commentary
A Hole in the Somewhere-Fiction by Richard Brown
Everything Echoes-Fiction by Todd M. Guerra
Exit to Dove's Tail-Fiction by Ken Goldman
I Dream of Fire-Fiction by Matthew Penwell
Living Doll-Fiction by Carl Hughes
Angelika's Tough Decision-Fiction by Roy Dorman
The Cat-Fiction by Chris Alleyne
The Demon-Fiction by Misty Page
The Run-Fiction by Thomas Runge D'Amore
We Are the Monsters We Seek-Fiction by Karen Heslop
Brother of Mine-Flash Fiction by D. C. Plump
New Terror-Flash Fiction by Denis Alvarez Betancourt
The Flapping Thing-Flash Fiction by Robert Masterson
The Clown Loved Cherry Lipstick-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
Ganymede-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
Space Probe RH 120-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
The Buffoon-Poem by Daniel G. Snethen
Just Another Day in My House-Poem by Tom Davidson
Blue Bell Hill Beast-Poem by Richard Stevenson
Plum Island-Poem by Richard Stevenson
The Thing in the Woods-Poem by Loris John Fazio

The Buffoon


Daniel G. Snethen


Harry was a piebald red and white clown

adorned in tights like a courtyard harlequin,

ready to play the consummate circus buffoon.

Learned in the aged art of prestidigitation,

easily disguised by his flowing black cape.

Quicker than a London mucker's bludgeon.


Insisted on carrying a brassy bludgeon.

Never trusting the other clever clowns.

Clown paint distracts like a matador's cape,

leaving one two-faced like a lying harlequin.

Omnipotent Harry only played the buffoon,

while picking pockets via prestidigitation.


Naturally, most felt Harry a true buffoon.

Buffoons after all, carry brassy bludgeons.

Useless if one exercises prestidigitation.

Fist-fighting with several circus clowns

feverishly finished the hoard of harlequins.

Odd prestidigitation is useless as a cape,


Only because you can't kill with a cape.

Not when you are Harry the old buffoon.

Jest not, those thieving piebald harlequins

easily lifted Harry's loot without bludgeon.

So Harry premeditated murdering clowns

taking bludgeon, ignoring prestidigitation.


Eventually he'd have to use prestidigitation.

Ridiculously easy if one uses a dark cape.

Just in case Harry was suspect to clowns

of not truly being the idiotic foolish buffoon,

kindness would be wielded like a bludgeon

eradicating suspicion like he did harlequins.


Red and black, dead red-black harlequins.

Murderer hiding behind prestidigitation,

ubiquitous, as a bloody mucker's bludgeon.

rapaciously hiding behind the black cape

designed to hide the genius of the Buffoon.

Enlightened revenger of the thieving clown.


Red and black dead bludgeoned harlequins.

Egregious prestidigitation behind cape,

resulted in a buffoon killing guilty clowns.

Daniel G. Snethen is the owner and publisher of Darkling Publications. He serves as vice-president of the South Dakota State Poetry Society. In May 2017, 10 pages of his poetry was anthologized in Resurrection of a Sunflower, a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, curated by Catfish McDaris. Snethen's poetry has been published by Bear Creek Haiku; Cover of Darkness; Danse Macabre; Dark Gothic Resurrected; Haiku Journal; The Horror Zine; Miller's Pond; Pasque Petals: Thirteen Myna Birds, and several other publishers of poetry. Snethen also coaches oral interpretation of literature and Poetry Out Loud. He has qualified two high school students for the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington DC and has had the SD State Poetry Out Loud runner-up on two separate occasions. His favorite poet is William Blake and his favorite poem is “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.