Now The King Will Dance

There are no nations, no parties, no ideologies.

There are only queens. And kings.

The acid test was breaking out into an area in which it had no specific goals. It was just discovering what there dancewas out there if you continued to move away from the norm.

It was a test. And there were people that passed, and there were people that didn’t pass.

When we did the show up in Portland—to give you an idea of someone who passed—some businessman, just walkin’ around on the street, came in; we charged a buck, and for a buck you got to see us make all our noise, and the Dead make all their noise, and anything else that happened.

This guy was in a suit, and he had an umbrella. He got the customary cup of stuff. And about midnight, you could see him really get ripped. Somebody who’d probably never been anything but drunk on beer. But he looked around, and he saw all these strange people, and he looked down, and the spotlight was showing down on him, and he saw his shadow.

And he stands up straight, puts that umbrella over his shoulder, and he says:

“The king walks.”


“The king turns around.”


“Now the king will dance.”

—Ken Kesey


7 Responses to “Now The King Will Dance”

  1. 3 Miep January 16, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    The point of that one was supposed to be that hate is not a solid foundation, but I don’t have a lot of control over where they go.

    • 4 bluenred January 16, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      It’s a powerful poem. Just kind of . . . yikes.

      ; )

      • 5 Miep January 16, 2014 at 7:06 pm

        I spent the greater part of last year investigating online radical feminism. I found much to like, but a certain amount of yike as well. That was part of the inspiration for this.

        Overall radical feminism is heady stuff, but some folks seem to be doing something rather different under its auspices.

        • 6 bluenred January 16, 2014 at 7:22 pm

          Anybody can do anything and call it anything, or refer to anything and call it anything. That is why terms like “fascist,” “neocon,” “torture,” “totalitarian,” “progressive,” and “left” no longer possess any real meaning.

          I suspect “radical feminism” similarly suffers. The last time I looked into that world, which was some years ago, “radical feminist” was said to encompass both Robin Morgan and Andrea Dworkin. Which meant it had no more meaning that ghtxkghk3gf.

          • 7 Miep January 16, 2014 at 7:28 pm

            Yup. Also “socialist.” And “organic.” And “natural.”

            The best radical feminist frame I know of says: “We’re members of impregnating and impregnable sex castes, and to that extent we have different experiences, for reasons both biological and social. But claims are made that we have biologically determined psychological differences, and these should be assessed critically.”

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