Big Top Clown

I have forever harboured an odd fascination for clowns. The following verse pays high-spirited homage. Big Top Clown is performance art and, for optimum experience, I suggest listening to the audio reading provided below.

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Erasure “The Circus”

i’m a big top clown
with a quick stop frown
and thick mop of rosy red hair
zip lock smile
and a flip flop flower
on a cliff top looking down
across the depths of despair

it’s a sheer drop to the bottom
farther still to souvenir shop
not a pin to hear drop within ear shot
sheep flock in queer gridlock
while their ears pop at the flintlock
robbed of clear shot by the thick fog
taking pot shots at a springbok
at odds with insincere lot
in a state of indistinct shock
with their wrists cocked
as they stop the clocks
to dock them of their tick tock
hoping that the sweatshop
is less choking in a vest top
known for head drops
owed to shell shock
groping red rocks at the river
quoting deadlock as the best shot
hoping head rot reconsiders
it’s a sheer drop to the bottom
but a tip top trot within us

big top clown
with a clutch of balloons
every colour, shade and hue
under gaze of sun and moon
numbered days and nights resumed
face paint white
and eyes bright blue
prized at very height of much ado
with a tricycle
plus one for two
and a pair of size twenty one shoes

it’s a ruse that we are better to presume
than get together and attune
making useless then endeavours as we sever tethers
fore they care to bloom
trending to whichever point of view
we choose to groom
with weathered knees and barely air to breathe
let alone elbow room

on a cliff top looking out
with frown flipped upside down
we all can be the big top clown
we all can weep renew
should we keep tears as souvenirs
then they may clear the rear view
take us to a safe place
and reanimate the sinew
make entire lives passion plays
in faith to be continued
and all it takes is one pair of size twenty one shoes
to do the upside down of snooze and lose

Richard Charles Stevens

Keeper of The Crimson Quill

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1 Comment

  1. The reading was great with a bit of Jethro Tull thrown in! I need to reassess my opinion of clowns. Figures that have always instilled fear in me but I read here they’re somewhat tragic full of tears.

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