The Peacock's Show

by Duncan Jones

They said, “Aren’t you a peacock?”
To the one wearing black
But he just looked away
Slowly turning his back
“Yes I used to be that …
There was a time that I was
But now it’s better this way
Well … just because
The laughing’s getting louder
And it hurts my ears
And it makes me afraid
And it makes me fear
That maybe they’re laughing at me
That maybe I am a clown …
And the thought of that that brings me down …”

“HA!” laughed the hyena
“HA! That’s what I do!
How flattering though
To think I’m laughing at you …
Now let my words calm you
And then set you free
You see I laugh to scare away
Those ones who scare me
So make it what you want
But just not about yourself
And don’t try to own a problem
Meant for somebody else
Because no! I’m not laughing at you
And no! I don’t think you’re a clown
The very thought of that that brings me down!”

Then spoke the gazelle
And the zebra as well
“Imagine if every day
A good friend of yours fell
Maybe you would laugh too
When the lions roared
Because we are still here
And won’t cry anymore!
We spend so much time
Looking out for the beasts
And a quick glimpse of you
Brings a moment’s peace
So no! We’re not laughing at you
Although sometimes we’d love a clown
The very thought of that brings us down!”

Came from the tall grass
And approached the King
The huge one-eyed lion
“Let me tell you something …
Of course the laughing’s getting louder
That’s part of the game
As you rise through the ranks
And they learn your name
Though I’ve fought to the top
I have learned to beware
Because the climb is dangerous
And there’s nothing up there
But view is nice, I like to see you
And though I am looking back down …
I would never say you are a clown.”

And at last the old bull
“You’re the art in this land
You’re the blue and green sunrise
Do you not understand?
That they look upon you
And they see an old friend
A reason to run
Through the dark night again
So though you hear laughter
That follows a show
It just means to them
That you’re someone to know
And they laugh because that’s how they cheer
And so what if they think you’re a clown?
You keep them from all falling down …”

And that is why the peacock puts on a show.