Big Top Doings

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics:  “Come to the Circus!”
(posted by SarahSouthwest) – Write a poem about the circus.

Red balloon nose
shoes with big toes
high wire acts
scary big cats
peanuts, popcorn
whistles and horns
a jolly fat lady
singing like crazy
lion tamers in top hats with whips
custard ice cream cones that drip
elephants dressed up and prancing
not known for spectacular dancing
Here is Zenobia, tarot card reader
Many see her but do not heed her
The smell of horse shit is nauseating,
for the cleanup crew it’s humiliating.
Hope the circus was all you imaged,
there are no refunds, do not be saddened.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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29 Responses to Big Top Doings

  1. Haha, I’m so glad so many people are writing about how sad and creepy the circus actually is. I like the whimsical tone of your poem!


  2. rothpoetry says:

    Your poem makes me feel like I just returned from the circus!


  3. Sarah Connor says:

    I like the way disillusionment gradually creeps in – the dripping cone, the smell of shit – made me think of a tired child who needs to go home NOW!


  4. gillena says:

    Nice, luv your choosing to rhyme; a reading fun plus.



  5. Singledust says:

    you get what you paid for too i guess, I like the no refunds part, and your descriptions were just like that enticing custard cone, dripping with sweetness


  6. annell4 says:

    I think we were innocent then.


  7. lillian says:

    Hah! There are no refunds indeed. You’ve captured it well here.


  8. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice lines about Zenobia: “Here is Zenobia, tarot card reader
    Many see her but do not heed her” They probably don’t forget her either.

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  9. I think there would be a lot of claim for refunds… the magic of the circus has evaporated.


  10. I like the rhyme. It works well for the topic and tone of the poem.


  11. Beverly Crawford says:

    Nice rhythm to your wonderful capture of the sights and sounds of the circus.


  12. merrildsmith says:

    Very descriptive of the circus. I like the wry tone of the last lines.


  13. Dorianna says:

    Excellent write, brilliant description of circus and wonderful rhythm.


  14. memadtwo says:

    I really like the way you build momentum with the rhythm. (K)


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