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VxPoem ID: 20702


Posted: March 23rd. 2006 11:34:21 AM

Views: 1767

Circus (A poem of Strength)

by MorkAlg

Age Group: Adult


A ragged tent so filled with gloom
Like light forgot about this room
A curious crowd of popcorn and balloons
Nose up at the smell of stifled doom
They nudge and press for a better look
To see what bubbles from misfortunes brook
In a cage of iron and filthy straw
On roughshod wheels that barely crawl
A beast is chained in a sea of eyes
That feel no pity for his mournful cries
Like jackals they slaver and await the kill
As the ringmaster prances and the air grows still

Gather round
What sights to see
Look in the cage
Meet misery

Poke the stick
How the proud do fall
Prod ever deeper
The thorn poked paw

Glorious once
This caged up creature
Strong and wild
With regal feature

But look at him now
Aginst chains straining
Weak and tired
His will is failing

Gather closer
Before he's gone
The last of his breed
And darkness calls

Shall we all jest now
At his saddened fate
At the rusty cage
Of this forlorn ape

Yes, what can he do
In a shackle and bent
Behind iron bars
His will is spent

To fate resigned
He's railed his last
And lowly lays
Like broken glass

Then the beast breathed deep in the iron cage
He wailed and beat his chest in rage
The chains once stiff, like butter bent
The shaking cage so quickly rent
It fell with a creak that filled with horror
The gasping throng who'd fed this furor
He stood tall among the frightened crowd
His scream of rage like a beastly bow
One step he took on the dirty ground
And felt at last that freedom found
With a shirk, the last of the chains fell free
Through the tent flap, wind and light and trees

Copyright Rob Crocker 2006

Author's Notes: I was feeling really trapped today here in the office. Spring is off to a cold and gloomy start and I just feel blech... so what better way to express that than through poetry?


Author's Location: Garrett, Indiana
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