Surely you joust!


Jesters dance, and joke before kings.

Their wisdom hidden in song escapes

the wrath of a leader deaf to truth.


Smiths sweat over forges, metal glowing.

Their muscles tense over tools of death

made to save them all and yet not so.


Maids wrapped and veiled wander.

Eyes flashing promise, or hope to

those whom they can catch looking.


Falconers send their hunters to the sky.

Screaming they soar, and return to

hood and ties – slaves who could be free.


Knights wait for their turn in the lists.

Horses pace, eyeing the tilts and

pennants flash brightly, armor gleams.


Blunted tips on lances signal this is not war.

Death is not the goal here, dismounting

your opponent is the not-so-secret wish.


Music rises and laughter rings loud.

The Medieval Festival makes me long

for a past far distant and darkly present.


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  1. brian miller said,

    February 25, 2015 at 2:05 am

    would be cool to see a festival like this…a blacksmith is pretty cool too…i have visited a few of those at other fairs…and i know a falconer…which is pretty amazing…to see a joust though, wow…even blunted tips…

  2. February 25, 2015 at 4:22 am

    How glorious it must have been! The falcons – “slaves who could be free”. I can see that noble bird.

  3. February 25, 2015 at 4:35 am

    I wanna see how much effort the jesters put into entertaining since there was no tv back then… I’d imagine they would all be skinny and tired; hahah. That would be an awesome to go to… eating like a caveman and watching a joust–the life… 🙂

  4. February 25, 2015 at 4:54 am

    “falcons – slaves who could be free”… the fact they came back always amazes me. I have been to a few Renaissance Festivals – enjoyed it all except the occasional whiff of “weed” and the huge turkey legs (yuck).

  5. claudia said,

    February 25, 2015 at 5:03 am

    sometimes when i walk through basel with its medieval history i wished i could turn the time back some hundred years and just for a few hours or so walk right into the middle of such a scene…

  6. MarinaSofia said,

    February 25, 2015 at 5:13 am

    You describe the sounds, atmosphere, smell, movement of such festivals very well. Must be nice to attend one and become immersed in what was pleasant about the past (but still have proper flushable toilets).

  7. February 25, 2015 at 5:37 am

    Those festivals sounds so fun, but they are so crowded too, we have an old town in Sweden called Wisby, where there is one, but it’s always too crowded and too much booze for me to enjoy…

  8. February 25, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Ah.. the archetypes buried in human mind do arise in medieval time.. and now in life.. where Knights do live.. where a role for one.. is never tried for another… who never rides the horse of knight..:)

  9. Sumana Roy said,

    February 25, 2015 at 11:36 am

    this is so atmospheric…

  10. Misky said,

    February 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I really like the reference to the falcon. Nice touch.

  11. kelly said,

    February 25, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Darkly present… yes, even now. Great visuals in this.

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