Clown, or: Entertainer

A sijo

Must people be entertaining \ in order to be our friends
or at least in order to become \ our friends when we meet them?
I could pen some boring poetry \ but I don't want to know.

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

34 thoughts on “Clown, or: Entertainer”

  1. I guess there has to be some spark to forge a connection. And perception depends on the individual. Even the most boring ones might tickle the fancy of someone. πŸ™‚

      1. Dull people I would accept as pleasant company as not everybody is bright, exciting, or entertaining. Boring people I would take in limited dosages, like a sleeping pill.

  2. Your poetry is never boring, but even if it were, I would still be your friend. 😁 I doubt you will ever test your readers’ loyalty with boredom. You would be the first to lose interest.

  3. A small experience from my Second Life, David.. I met someone in Second Life and we became friends..I admired his talent for 3D modeling and he taught me many things..We went on adventures..danced , were silly, turned into hedgehogs and consoled each other..One day years later he told me he lived in Costa Rica 3 hours away…I never knew that.. but I invited him to my house for lunch (a 3 hour drive)
    When we met that day he said,”You really are Karima” and I said Yes, and you are Laan:) We didn’t miss a was just like changing costumes to meet in Real Life..we felt instantly comfortable with each other..It was a wonderful lunch:):)

  4. Lovely and contemplative sijo. The pressure is off – we will likely never meet in person so you needn’t worry about making an impression….

  5. I sometimes wonder if in real life, when people try to be friends, they’re competing against the versions of people we see in media. If we can only be friends if we compare in greatness to the great. It’s probably (hopefully) wrong. TV has been around for a long time…

    Maybe an interesting hypothesis for someone in the social sciences, measuring the amount of friends people have vs the amount of labour or money being poured into entertainment. See if there’s a negative correlation there. Even if there is, it wouldn’t really prove my hypothesis, but maybe it’d enable people to ask further questions which might enlighten things.

    1. the amount of friends people have vs the amount of labour or money being poured into entertainment.

      That would be incredibly interesting… but we’d have to come up with a very clear and specific definition of “friend”


      1. You’re right about that, without a good definition of “friend” you could just be measuring people’s changing definition of the word friend. Maybe it’d be possible to correct for it slightly if you have studies into what friendship means to people from around the same time and place, but having to correct for things would make things quite muddy,

        Haven’t really looked into those studies showing the decline in the number of friends people have. Maybe one day I will.

        It’s too bad we can only conduct surveys in the present. This stuff would be a lot easier if we could, but perhaps that’d ruin the mystery of the past.

  6. got interested in the definition of sijo and found an essay by someone who contrasts it with haiku as introducing an element of irony or social reality into the purely nature-oriented haiku. From what I am reading about Basho, that does not do him justice. Oh so much to learn still, but hey at my age, they say it can help to avoid dementia.

    1. In truth, I know little about sijos other than what I’ve read on poetry websites – but I kinda like it – not too long, not too short!


      1. sure and I know nothing – you seem to get close to my prose poems, that I notice. I was only referring to the one article comparing haiku and sijo where they were saying haiku was nature only which does not seem to be correct imho. That’s all. xx

  7. Great this Schopenhauer-quote. Schopenhauer wrote quite a practical philosophy but only loved his poodle.
    Thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  8. The most important thing is to suck people in at first, so that when you no longer entertain them, they’ll be too biased to know the difference. πŸ˜‚

    Jokes aside, I love this piece. And let me tell you, NONE of your poems are boring.

    Very beautifully written and introspective. ❀️

  9. Are you bored, my friend?
    Spin the mobile o’er your crib.
    That’s entertainment!

    β€œIn order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.” Richard Bach

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