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The day the circus came to town,
I hid in my closet
the way a dog cowers under a bed
before a rainstorm.

I took with me a blanket,
a Poland Spring,
a granola bar,
and my father's handgun.
I didn't take a pillow with me,
because I needed room to breathe.

I didn't expect the Bearded Lady
to come and try to recruit me
And I never used to be afraid of clowns.
I cursed my English teacher,
and then Ray Bradbury.

After reading of the malevolent merry-go-round
in Mr. Olstein's class,
I was horrified into vowing
never to go to a circus.
I didn't want to look down to find
my skin trying to melt off my body.

The air smelled like popcorn,
cotton candy,
and the vomit of weak-stomached children.
I could smell it even among my dirty socks
and overturned shoes.
The day the circus came to town,
so did Something Wicked.

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CaitlinB said...
Nov. 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm:
Very creative! I loved how you were inspired by Something Wicked This Way Comes.  
 
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HiChanel said...
Nov. 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm:
Very Creative. Great Job! Keep Writing
 
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foreverSmall said...
Nov. 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm:
Very well-written. I love the description. Keep writing!
 
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FyndFyre said...
Oct. 26, 2012 at 8:33 am:
Amazing! Loved the last line!
 
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blbbraun said...
Oct. 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm:
I love Something Wicked This Way Comes...great book by a great author. I also love your poem!
 
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blbbraun said...
Oct. 25, 2012 at 6:35 pm:
I love Something Wicked This Way Comes...great book by a great author. I also love your poem!
 
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Karamel This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm:
This is fantastic - that last line is killer. And the image goes along with the poem perfectly, even though it kind of has nothing to do with it. :) Amazing work!
 
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