A Child's Trip to the Circus

by Everlasting   Dec 17, 2013

In my town - not a city like Rio Verde,
The Circus arrived with January's festival.
Acres of desolated fields were inundated with fragrances-
Popcorn and Churritos; Tortas and taquitos.
That mixture of scents made the event extra special.

Grownups made lines at the Ticket Office,
Children leapfrogged to multitude of fences
while I held my mom's hand. It felt ethical.

Parents caught up with their children.
Tickets and tickets were counted. Lines and lines
were diminished. I was skeptical.
But when I walked into a huge tent, it was celestial.
Animals wore clothes, they performed.
Monkey's drove mini-cars. Clowns laughed out loud.
Everything was conventional.

Elephants walked in circles. Lions were tamed.
Bears were She's wearing dresses, carrying babies
on their paws. It was exceptional
until it became delusional. Bearded women
were boneless. They bended backwards.
They split legs on floors, on opened air.
As per my father, they were contortionist.
To me, the atmosphere seemed extraterrestrial.

Noises everywhere. Neon Lights anywhere.
Laughter - all over, but just like the Circus,
Everything ended in my memory.


A Phoenix rising challenge.


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  • 7 months ago

    by M.Useless

    Excellent. I could smell the sickening sweetness of cotton candy, hear the screams of delight, the gasps, the oohs and the ahs from the crowd. Very nice.

  • 7 years ago

    by Midnight Sky

    Well well i'm in shock this is good piece 5\5

  • 7 years ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    You have such a great gift.

  • 7 years ago

    by Beautiful Soul

    I am so glad this won. This is why I nominated it. The imagery is stunning through out and the wording tells a very real story that is vivid and plays well inside our minds. Congrats again and I loved this a lot :). Well done.

  • 7 years ago

    by Breely

    Loved the way you brought the circus to life with your powerful words, I felt as if I was there, could see and smell everything and feel the ambiance. I loved it. Very well written :)

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