A Clown’s Cobwebbed Closet

His pastel palette of wigs
nest on pink juggling balls
shoved behind purple pumps
that used to give life
to fuchsia frogs and
aqua ants for children
to hold.
He could mold a child’s dream
with air and rubber,
and he dared to be the best.
A rupture would be mended with a horn.
Wally the Whale would become Nelly
the Narwhal.

But the parents aren’t calling anymore.
You culled the clowns last fall
with your pastel pranks in the woods
chasing children with chainsaws
while you inhaled helium only to
menace the masses.

Minutes of entertainment for you
A lifetime of misery for them.

( napowrimo day 12….for http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/04/out-of-standard-signs-of-time.html and http://www.napowrimo.net/day-twelve-5/)


( A circus animal protest photo of me taken last year)

I got the idea for this poem from the people dressing up as clowns and terrorizing the public last year…forcing the real clowns to halt their activities for a while.

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  1. Who fears scissors, when others are “chasing children with chainsaws”? Vivid imagery… and clever alliteration.

  2. This is such a fun take. Dark, fun, funny.

  3. hypercryptical

     /  April 12, 2017

    Wise observation of how the action of nasty pranksters changed forever the once innocence and pleasure of the (visit of) the party clown.
    Clever write.
    Anna :o]

  4. Kerry

     /  April 12, 2017

    That sign will always remain relevant in my opinion.

  5. Nasty bad clowns. I hate them.

  6. Yep, clowns have jumped the shark.

  7. Rosemary Nissen-Wade

     /  April 12, 2017

    Somebody had tio write that poem! You did it beautifully.

  8. Isadora Gruye

     /  April 12, 2017

    Hiya, I love love love that you posted a photo of yourself protesting, and more over I love this poem. From the sing-song world play (the pastel palette, purple pumps, and so forth) to the those last lines that hit home…..well done and viva la!


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