Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Emperor

It was a child
who pointed out
to the obsequious, fawning adults
that the Emperor had no clothes.

Who will be brave enough
to step up and say
the Emperor has
no head?

for Elizabeth Crawford's Creativity Challenge : Symbol

"The Emperor's New Clothes" is a short tale by Hans Christian Andersen about two weavers who promise an emperor a new suit of clothes that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, no one dares to say that they don't see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as "unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent". Finally, a child cries out, "But he isn't wearing anything at all!" The tale has been translated into over 100 languages. Source


  1. Sometimes it takes a child to point out the obvious. I read some letters from children, the other day, and they gave some very obviously good advice to the Orange Man. But, you my dear friend, took this tale to a whole new level. I admire you greatly for this one. Thank you, Sherry...


  2. Is this a dig of what is forthcoming on the Jan 20th's changing of the guards? It sure has an uncanny likeness to him!


  3. May be the one who beheads him, and that would be a courageous tempt to attempt :)

  4. Unfortunately, I don't think it's going to be our Electoral College.


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