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The Fool's Journey

From A to Z

By C. Rommial ButlerPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
To be confused by, but not with, the author...

A young man named Zilch wanders without a care

But encounters an old juggler who proposes a dare:

“Can you climb that nearby peak and look out to the sea?”

“Dunno, old man, that mountain looks too high for me…”

Emboldened with a laugh the old man does reply:

“Fret not, my friend, I will not let you die!

Grab this magic hat from my outstretched hand.

Heed not the dangers of the rising land!”

Intrigued but apprehensive, Zilch takes the funny cap,

Jingling with bells that flip and flop and flap,

Kaleidoscopic shimmering in the midday sun

Lights his heart with fire—yes, indeed he is the one!

Measuring the hat with his dazzled eyes,

Noticing a change in its shape and size,

Ordered to the border of Zilch’s massive head—

Perfect fit! No need to tailor it instead!

Questions abound in Zilch’s startled mind.

Raising a finger, he says: “I don’t mean to be unkind—”

Suddenly, without warning, the old man disappears!

Taking each fated step, Zilch wonders as he fears

Until, to his surprise, he beholds the rolling sea:

Venerable, beautiful, a blessed eternity!

Waiting for him there upon the snowy peak

X marks the spot—a treasure he did not seek!

Yearning and burning with curiosity,

Zilch starts to dig to find what it might be…

****** * *****

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About the Creator

C. Rommial Butler

C. Rommial Butler is a writer, musician and philosopher from Indianapolis, IN. His works can be found online through multiple streaming services and booksellers.

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  • J2 months ago

    The Hero's Journey, alphabetized. I love it!

  • L.C. Schäfer2 months ago

    Good luck in the challenge 😁

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Wonderfully written!!! Love this!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Gerard DiLeo3 months ago

    Nicely done!

  • Novel Allen3 months ago

    Zilch, nada, nothing. I hope poor Zilch strikes it rich.

  • Manisha Dhalani3 months ago

    Smart move with the name of the character!

  • Lol, your caption for the cover photo! 🤣🤣🤣 I loved how you told a suspenseful and magical story with your Abecedarian and made it rhyme as well. Now I wonder what treasure did he find.

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