If we could but correctly characterise
this fool, or jester, we may be able
to make some headway towards our long view.
What the fool represents,
what ‘he’, ‘she’, or ‘it’ bodies forth
and puts into words is the Zeit-Geist!
Although it is tempting to render
German ‘Geist’ as ghost, it is really spirit.
Likewise, given the choice between
Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit
our preference would always be spirit.
We note with some satisfaction,
that fools, too, can be, and often are, holy!
‘Zeit’ is time but Zeit-Geist
is a, ‘spirit of the times’ and not just of time
which grants just the expansion we were seeking…