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TRICKSTER (1 Viewer)



The Trickster is not a trickster by nature, he is a trickster by necessity. Governing the precept that the self masks all the way down perceiving delusions all the way up, it stands to reason that one of those “masks” would embolden the self to question all delusions and break all the masks. Indeed, one of those masks should embolden the self to the extent that it thinks it has nothing to lose. That mask is the mask of the trickster.

When a person dons the mask of the trickster, they become the personification of a trickster, an ambiguous and anomalous character defined by mischief and chaos.

A “Trickster” is an oxymoron; playful yet ruthless, timid yet fierce, naive yet cunning, seductive yet demure, calm yet chaotic, confined yet free. The personified trickster is a formal paradox, a hero. A rare kind of hero bound by neither code nor conduct, a hero with nothing to lose; a god in training.


Senior Member
Interesting, nice prose poem. I feel that the rest of the passages were a terminology about what a trickster is. Perhaps you should cut that.


WF Veterans
There is not a lot here that is not illustrated by mythology archetypes. e.g. Loki and Puck.

Does it work, yes. Is it unique in voice or content, not really. It feels more like a text book summary than a poem.

From a reader's standpoint more show and less tell would help. Draw your own trickster don't explain what readers already know. The paradox paragraph is a huge example of paasive tell and overwriting. Demostrate those traits in a tangible context. Consider giving the trickster a face and a voice, not a wikipedia summary.