Life is a Circus

June 29, 2014
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Make way for the Big Top,
We must put on a show.
Make way for the Big Top;
There’s nowhere else to go.

Step right up, and we’ll start
With a somewhat cynical look at the conductor.
He stands
In the center of the ring and
Animals and acrobats into position, but only because
He himself is tired of people pushing him around.
Sweat drizzles down his plump face,
Cheeks glowing bright red.
And no one will know that it’s because
He had consumed a significant amount of alcohol

Over there’s the juggler,
Who juggles much more
Than whirling bowling pins and thrown props.
Look closely, and you’ll notice hearts, thoughts and dreams
Spin and crash during practice sessions,
But all they will ever see
Are objects
Cascading to the ground.

Over there sit the so-called “freaks,”
Who barely make enough money to keep food on the table.
Are they not people, just as much as us?
They obtain
Unacceptable traits
In our society.
When one is desperate,
One naturally partakes in desperate actions;
And in this case, the “freaks” compromised to the powerful,
And chose to succumb to humanity’s relentless criticisms and its
Cruel, finger-pointing mocks.

Toes pointed and head held high,
Watch for the tight-roper scaling the sky.
She cautiously moves forward, one step at a time.
It’s inevitable that the rope will waver and she will stumble,
But looking down
Is never an option.

This is to all the conductors, the jugglers, the freaks, and tight-ropers out there,
Looking to fit in.
The ones who lead, the ones who follow, and the ones who simply
Hold the tickets to the show.

Yes, we must always make way for the Big Top.

I mean, where else is there to go?

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Liv.HarrisThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 22, 2014 at 11:47 pm
Another MASTERPIECE. The repition of where else is there to go, and the fact that we all have to make way is such a great message. WELL DONE! XO
moderndayEmilyDickinson This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm
I'm sorry it took me awhile to comment! I read thsi one, but I didn't have time to comment on your poem. I think your poem is true. We are made to go for the Big Top, and like you said: where else is there to go? I absolutely love your poem. Wonderful job. Thank you for sharing this.
PirateCountry said...
Jul. 16, 2014 at 3:24 pm
You did a very good job with this. Nice work! I really like the uneasy feeling the poem has.
fallenoutofgrace replied...
Aug. 4, 2014 at 10:58 pm
Title was perfect for this poem. I love your emotion and imagery. Once again you laid out a picture in the mind with your words masterfully. Incredible
Midnight5765 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm
The title goes perfectly with your free verse. I imagine this work to go inside of a children's picture book about circuses.
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