mardi 24 novembre 2009

life is a circus

with thanks (and apologies) to raamesh...

riding a worn elephant
i enter the tent
on my bended knee

i am old tarzan
calling forth the wilderbeast
i grab the trapeze

let the show begin!
life is a circus
for what it is worth

i'm a tired clown
third-rate circus star
living hand to mouth in hell

update #1, nov 24th: this poem came on the wings of the haiku/short-form poetry email group i belong to. the following haiku-stanzas came in response to the above, from my poet-artist friend in argentina, monica silvia cassels:

I am the juggler
in this demented circus.
Gilt ninepins and balls

glitter the vulgar,
raising a phantom rictus:
false joy pervades all.

ramesh gowri ragavan in mumbai had the original idea for this particular series, "life's a circus". here is his original short poem, with the tag "continuez!" i got a bit carried away. :>>>))))

Life is a circus -
I'm the ringmaster sometimes,
sometimes the lion.

Update #2, nov 25th: a great artist and writer (and my dear friend) mary stebbins-taitt joined our "fête du cirque" with a strophe of her own. i love how this process of passing along the seed of a poem works for us and keeps us writing! if you have a little circle of poetic friends, allez-y! give it a try. it is my bliss.

In the circus of my sanity, no applause
ripples the canvas, no cheers
harmonize with the band. My mind
wobbles across the tight rope, sagging,
slipping, tumbling into the darkness
where no nets wait to catch me.
The lion’s maw, full of rotted teeth,
yawns open and I tumble toward it,
my last sequins sparkling faintly
in the fading light as all goes black.

5 commentaires:

Mary Stebbins Taitt a dit…

WOW! powerful and freaky!

Moineau En France a dit…

feel free to add your own, mary. send it to me in an email and i will post it with our two. (if so moved, of course.) xooxoxoxxo

Mary Stebbins Taitt a dit…

I have one to send, but no time to send it right yet. Hope I can soon.

Mary Stebbins Taitt a dit…

Thank you Laura, and with thanks (and apologies) to raamesh...

Moineau En France a dit…

lolololol for your thanks (and apologies) to raamesh, mary! :>>>))) got a big laugh--you understood!

love to you and BIG LOVE for your poem. we gotta do this more often! xoxooxoxoxo ~lt