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After the circus clown
painted her cheeks on,
and carefully crayoned a fuchsia smile,
she stepped into the ring to begin her show.

She began with the regular routine:
the one with the squirt-gun tears,
and the flower that was really
a loud noise-maker.
But she pulled it off well, and

soon they were following her around
like children and their mother,
or the Apostles and Jesus.
They couldn't get enough of
her red-painted cheeks,
her crayoned lips.
She spread her arms,
beckoning them in.

Anything you want, she seemed to say.

Anything you want.

The clown tossed her love
over her shoulders like candy,
and the crowd ate it up.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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PerfectMGymnast This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm
this was really good!! :)
 
Hay_Wire This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 7, 2010 at 3:38 pm
interesting concept. i like how you used your inspiration..
 
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