Look, your longing swung from the trapeze.
The clown is you as well and the tame tiger
who begs for mercy calls someone to mind.
Even the tin-pot music
has its charm; it seems
you’re starting to make peace
with your times
(everyone else has,
why not me? —you say).
So why then does the circus tent
rise above an ancient graveyard?
Circus by Adam Zagajewski
Translated by Clare Cavanagh
Chocolatini until last…
It was my shooting star!
My most special-to-look-forward-to,
my magic bullet,
intention for the ending of the box.
I finished my book.
I finished reading
The Night Circus,
and my chocolatini is the closest thing
I could find to a chocolate mouse
to celebrate with!
What a cool book!
I have not read a novel for a long time,
have not found one that captured me in years…
No hesitation with my truffle choice today –
it was the best show of respect,
and gratitude to stories,
I could give.
The circus arrives without warning…
the circus of dreams…
and we are swept away by the very taste of it…
I just went to the circus for the first time last night
I’ve always wanted to go!
I wonder what I would have felt as a child
I was so sensitive
I think I would have closed my eyes
I almost felt like that at age 45
I’m glad you held my hand
The ultimate show of over consumption
A spectacular spectacle
A mix-match of the brilliant and the bizarre
Awesome and cheesy all wrapped to go
From beginning to end
Never taking a breath
Pounding and pounding
Ablaze with rhinestones
The acrobats and the clowns
The elephants and the tigers
They didn’t seem to really enjoy)
As they steal the show!
Animals are amazing!
I love trapeze artists flying so high
The bearded lady and the wild man of Borneo
Made honorable mention
With a clown act
That was tongue in cheek
in our PC era of art
Men balancing women
And women balancing men
Each showing their skill
As they contort their bodies
into abnormal positions
shining in the lights
Motorcycles in a steel ball
4, 5, 6, 7
until it is a blur
how can they do that?
Meetal Man (we renamed him Meatball man)
Holding up astounding weights
As people pile on top of people
On top of him
Pirates, stilts, dancing beautiful girls
Dancing lion suits
With two people rolling in harmony
under more people in lion suits
more and more
too much to see
too much to process
too much to comprehend
my eyes trying to go 2, 3, 4…different directions
as it plays on and on
with tired children crying
and spilling snowcones
as the parents
(Many a freak-show themselves)
try to ignore them
It is spectacular
Slightly disturbing at times
A Mix of over-blown showmanship
The beautiful and the weird
All mixed together
Delivered at breakneck speed
With so much energy it wears out the eyes
And my mind
Which definitely can’t comprehend it all
I loved it…
and I wanted to run away…
Yes, this is the legacy
of what PT Barnham had in mind
This is the circus!
Slight of hand, smoke and mirrors, lights and flash
making everything more
brilliant than it could possibly be
This is definitely, over the top, big-top
but it still could be true…
…the greatest show on earth!
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