“My mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face. She told me I had a purpose: to bring laughter and joy to the world.”

The Joker, Joker

…as I search…

…may my unseen…

…for I am thy…

…who showed the way…

“You don’t listen, do you? You just ask the same questions every week. How’s your job? Are you having any negative thoughts? All I have are negative thoughts.”

…all that was promised…

…this blessed assurance…

…when in the realms…

…for why…

…within us burn…

…how wondrous…

“People are starting to notice.”

…a banner is unfurled…

…are you really…

…gladly, gladly…

…of the promise…

…pure, unbounded…

“Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”

…when in splendor…

…that he should extend…

…though our numbers may be…

…more sorrow for sin…


Poet’s Notes:

The above piece is a collage made of lyric phrases I jotted down while listening to the choir performances during General Conference on October 5th and 6th. Interspersed with the lyric phrases are quotes from the movie Joker, which I saw on Monday the 7th. I transcribed the quotes from audio clips included in a pan review of the film by Glen Weldon on NPR. (Unlike Mr. Weldon, I liked the film.)

For some perspective on the Joker quotes, here is a quote taken from an interview the movie’s star, Joaquin Phoenix, gave to Vanity Fair.

“You can either say here’s somebody who, like everybody, needed to be heard and understood and to have a voice. Or you can say this is somebody that disproportionately needs a large quantity of people to be fixated on him. His satisfaction comes as he stands in amongst the madness.”