|Image courtesy of Hearing Voices|
The March Challenge, in honor of the fact that 'on March 28, 1881, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” also known as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, was formed,' wanted writers to write about the circus. I wrote a Monotetra about it:
Trapeze artists fly through the air -
and look! Is that a dancing bear?
And elephants! Oh this I swear:
my love affair, my love affair
with circuses is still with me
since earliest of memory.
They come to town? I want to see
as devotee, as devotee
what’s under Big Top. Clowns and tricks
do capture interest: they transfix
while jugglers juggle balls and sticks.
I get my kicks. I get my kicks.
I’ve often wondered at each show
if I would have the guts to go
and run off with them, but…you know…
I can’t, although…I can’t, although…
it’s fun to dream, but audience
is where I’m meant to be. Makes sense,
since I’ll still get my fill of tents
without suspense; without suspense.
If I were meant to walk into
a cage of lions (my debut?)
I fear the lions might well chew
more than my shoe, more than my shoe.
So here’s to sitting in my seat.
I get to see it all, complete.
I’ll cheer to each and every feat.
My three-ringed treat! My three-ringed treat!