April Fools' Day !
April Fools' Day is on April 1st
Trick me, fool me, scare me; when
I fail to be tricked, fooled, or scared, the fool is you.
These are the various
resources for April Fools'
Day @ PoetPatriot.com that you might enjoy.
April Fools' Day Poetry
by Roger W Hancock
was the first to know,
first to know who was the fool.
Though was just a little prank,
April would not be fooled.
© 04-02-2010 Roger W Hancock
Rhymes on Holiday
||Who's The Fool?
by Roger W Hancock
Who's the fool when the joke's on you or the joker's you?
You're the fool when gullible, swallowing hook and sinker.
When a prank causes harm, the fool is he the joker.
Twice fooled, thrice fooled, you are proved the fool.
Upon first joke listen, learn, next joke comes, be not the fool.
Foolishness of a joke is fun when all parties foolishly laugh.
Not so fun when you're the only one, to be left feeling foolish.
You're the fool when your prank, is on you; tale is turned on you.
Foolish when your joke fails, turning your tail to run.
Crafty and cleaver may make a joke, but may prove you the fool.
© 12-20-2011 Roger W Hancock
Reader Board Sign Sayings
- for April Fools' Day
Most of the Sayings are for Church Signs. Some Sayings are somewhat
April Fools' Day Sayings
- Original one-line sayings for Church signs,
bulletins and newsletters.
- Original one-line Holiday
Sayings for Church signs, bulletins and newsletters.
Miscellaneous Pages @
This Fool's Jokes
- Jokes at PoetPatriot.com - original
- Writings by Faith - Foolish the man who think the
Poetry on Holiday
- Poetry of American Holidays - Armed Forces -
Pow/Mia - Pearl Harbor - More
Rhymes on Holiday
- Rhymes of American Holidays
April Fools' Day History
Foolish is as foolish does. A prank is often
All Fools' Day falls on April 1st, thus, April Fool's
An April Fools' Day TimeLine
has yet to be written @ PoetPatriot.com
Atheists' Day TimeLine
- One is proved the fool, after death, when
standing before the judge.
Patron Saints of Fools.
The Catholic church and possibly other denominations
hold some of their historical great men of God as official Saints of
God. Whereas many protestant churches simply hold that anyone who
has recieved salvation through the blood of Jesus and the confessing of
sin are saints. Sinners made saints through the sacrifice of Christ.
Most protestant churches do not hold to the practice of elevating a
saint to avoid the idolation of another other than the Father, Son and
“The holy fool’s exploit is that of secret sanctity,
which above all promotes the non-ontological understanding that all of
God’s created world is a sacred place. By his feigned madness the holy
fool opts to say that the lowliest of the low can be not the poor wretch
he appears to be, but a holy one and God’s prophet. He shares his power
and authority with all the weak, mocked and despised thus symbolically
destroying clear-cut distinctions between the profane and the sacred.”
- Svetlana Kobets, Russian Orthodox scholar.
The Russian Orthodox Church has cannonized thirty-six
'holy fools'. Rather than seclusion in a monastery the fool for, or in,
Christ pretends madness as a part of secular life. Such spiritual
practice is considered controversial as well as the most difficult.
In the 6th Century Saint Simeon Salos of Emress
retreated to the Syrian desert. He lived only on lentils and devoted his
life to prayer. He returned from the desert more devout taking on a vow
of humility. He portrayed himself in public as a fool. He was known for
dragging a dead dog around town. During mass Simeon would throw nuts at
the priests. Simeon would poke fun at those who would have an attitude
of "holier than thou." He often helped those in need but out of sight of
others and never taking credit. Even the priests whom he threw nuts and
would ridcule for their uppittyness could not dispute his holy devotion.
Saint Simeon Salos was considered the Patron Saint of the holy fools.
Another great Russian 'holy fool' was Basil the
Blessed. So revered that the building next to the Kremlin in Red Square
was named to honor him. Basil had a long beard and would walk through
Moscow barely clad if at all. He would attempt to disrupt the
transactions of dishonest traders in the square, often stealing from
them. He threw rocks at the homes of the wealthy. Basil's holiness was
greatly revered by the people. Though revered he was also feared by the
Russian Tsar. Ivan the Terrible feared only one man, the holy fool,
Basil the Blessed.
west, Saint Andrew (circa 900) is considered the Patron Saint of Fools.
As a slave his master allowed him to learn to read and write. Andrew
fervently prayed and attended services with due diligence. Andrew had
what he called a heavenly revelation which called him to poverty and
being a fool for the sake of Christ. He began to feign foolishness, and
in that, secured his freedom. Believing him a madman his master took
Andrew in chains to St. Anastasia, the Deliverer from Bonds church, that
prayers be read to him. When his owner did not perceive any healing, he
freed Andrew as being 'sick in mind.'
Andrew devoted himself to Christ. Praying at night and
feigning the fool all day. He slept in the open and shared what little
food was given him with beggars. Wishing only the reward from God,
Andrew avoided thanks by mocking them. The actions of foolishness
brought on him ridicule enabling him to avoid the sin of pride. Through
his faking madness of mind, Andrew humbled himself becoming more
effective in influencing others with unusual sermons through talk and
© 12-28-11 Roger W Hancock,
Copyright 2011 Roger W Hancock,
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