THE FOOL PLAYERS: JUDGEMENT AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL



THE POOL PLAYERS.

                   SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.



We real cool. We

Left school. We



Lurk late. We

Strike straight. We



Sing sin. We

Thin gin. We



Jazz June. We

Die soon.

THE FOOL PLAYERS.

                   JUDGEMENT AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL.

by Sharik Currimbhoy Ebrahim



We, real not cool. We

Don’t play pool. We


Know hate. We

Con tem plate. We

Judge you. We


Don’t play no fool. We

Decide fate, We


Don’t forgive. We


Don’t wait, We

Adjudicate. We


Weighed the scale, We

See you Fail, We


Leave no clue. We

Have Judged You.


- THE WHITE KNIGHT

About this poem

Below we have the original poem “The Pool Players by Gwendolyn Brooks, followed by the poem “The Fool Players by Sharik Currimbhoy Ebrahim” Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000) was an American poet, author, and teacher. Her work often dealt with the personal celebrations and struggles of ordinary people in her community. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry on May 1, 1950, for Annie Allen, making her the first African American to receive a Pulitzer Prize. One of her most celebrated poems is “The Pool Players” about the plight of black youth, led astray, and outcast. The Fool Players by Sharik Currimbhoy Ebrahim is inspired by the unfairness of the circumstances of the Pool Players. It is based on a conversation where the poet learns of a friend, who suffers domestic abuse in silence. However, unlike the Pool Players, the author alludes to the scales of justice being balanced in the end for The Fool Players. It would mean a lot to me if you could rate my poem the number of stars you think appropriate. It would be very encouraging and I would really appreciate it. 

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Written on November 11, 2011

Submitted by cmd_1 on November 16, 2022

Modified on March 23, 2023

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Scheme A B C C C C C C C A B X C C C C C C C C C C C C X X
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 604
Words 150
Stanzas 26
Stanza Lengths 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1

Sharik Currimbhoy Ebrahim

Sharik Currimbhoy Ebrahim is the great grandson of Sir Fazalbhoy Currimbhoy Ebrahim, Baronet, titled Merchant Prince of Bombay by King George V on his fathers side and Sir Asfar Ul-Mulk the Nawab of Hydrabad on his mothers. He ran his family cosmetics company for a decade before starting an investment bank. He has a degree in Literature and Economics from Columbia University and a specialisation in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School more…

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  • teril
    Well done. A tribute to the original. Your poem takes us into the future, into action, into a refusal to die in victimhood. Powerful.
    LikeReply1 year ago

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