April Fooles – A Cautionary Sonnet


Upon this day we celebrate the fool

With merry jape and prank of subtle wit;

Perhaps they pose a spider ‘neath a stool

To terrify the soul who deigns to sit.

That all should see and, as one mind, rejoice

To have such entertainment in one’s life.

Would, then, these watchers raise a rousing voice

To praise the pranksters’ banishment of strife?

Why, no!  ‘Tis not the way the story goes,

Not minding hours of plotting to prepare,

The audience become as battling foes

And warn the hapless rascal “Have a care!”

So, if your friends beside you, you would stick

Cease April fooling, be you not a dick!

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