The clowns don't have it together,
they do not succeed in what they try,
they are awkward, out of balance, and left-handed,
but...they are on our side....
Of the virtuosi we say, "How can they do it?"
Of the clowns we say, "They are like us."
Clowning in Rome--
Reflections on Solitude, Celibacy, Prayer and Contemplation
...by Henri Nouwen--pp.2 and 110