Crying clown, why have I always loved you?
Because you also laugh, because I played
puppets as a child and a clown was my favorite.
And the Punch and Judy shows, the sock
and rock, the way they never parted, playing
Shakespeare’s game, strutting and batting
across the world’s stage. The way they endured,
as we try to, doing battle with a pandemic.
During the black siege of Shakespeare’s time
theatres closed and he penned King Lear,
Othello, Macbeth. Now a new age–a plague
with a new curtain drawn across another stage.