The Tale of The Fisher King

As part of our nighttime routine, I crawled into Eddie’s  bed to count to 100. He placed his second, little pillow next to him and said, “Lay here.” and so I did. Then he covered me with a blanket, very carefully and deliberately.

He does this a lot, but tonight – as if he were a mind reader – Eddie said, “You seem cold, and I love you.”

He has said this to me before, and I love it, but this evening it made me think of a scene from the Fisher King. The Tale of the Fisher King is told by Robbin Williams to Jeff Bridges while they engage in “cloud busting” in the middle of central park.

It’s an amazing tale – and so very, very true in ways that should mean so much to us. Just remember we are more than the sum of our parts, more than the sum of our experiences. That we can lift each other up and feed our souls. No matter how dark the horizon, or how dark we think it is, what really matters is that we have each other.

We are the King and the Fool, each and every one of us.

——- Taken from the screen play of the Fisher King, By Terry Gilliam —-

Did you ever hear the story of the Fisher King?

It begins with the king as a boy having to sleep alone in the forest to prove his courage so he can become king.

While he’s spending the night alone, he’s visited by a sacred vision. Out of the fire appears the Holy Grail, symbol of God’s divine grace.

A voice said to him, You shall be keeper of the Grail, so that it may heal the hearts of men.

But the boy was blinded by greater visions of a life filled with power and glory and beauty.

And in this state of radical amazement he felt for a brief moment, not like a boy but invincible.

Like God.

So he reached in the fire to take the Grail and the Grail vanished leaving him with his hand in the fire to be terribly wounded.

Now, as this boy grew older his wound grew deeper until one day life for him lost its reason. He had no faith in any men, not even himself. He couldn’t love, or feel loved. He was sick with experience.

He began to die.

One day, a fool wandered into the castle and found the king alone. And being a fool, he was simple-minded. He didn’t see a king, he only saw a man alone and in pain. And he asked the king, “What ails you, friend?

And the king replied, I’m thirsty and I need some water to cool my throat.

So the fool took a cup from beside his bed, filled it with water and handed it to the king. And as the king began to drink he realized his wound was healed. He looked and there was the Holy Grail: that which he sought all his life.

He turned to the fool and said, “How could you find that which my brightest and bravest could not?

The fool replied, I don’t know. I only knew that you were thirsty.

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