Day 10 Poem-a-day challenge

Prompt: Maureen’s prompt: “Today’s (optional) prompt is pretty simple – a love poem!” ( Of course, love poems, like love, are never simple and I have so many of them! Also, there are so many kinds of love, so finding a new angle to write a love poem is a challenge in itself. Here’s what came to me today. It will go through many revisions, I’m sure.

Love is a Circus

“Something about the circus stirs their souls, and they ache for it when it is absent.”
                                                                        Erin Morgenstern

Sometimes love is a 3-ring circus. In one ring,

a clown & his antics perform. Behind the painted

clown face, colorful & cheerful, the clown

scares us & doesn’t make us laugh.

In another ring, an animal trainer with a whip

orders a tiger or an elephant to do tricks,

cracking the whip in the air! In a third ring,

maybe a magician who asks a beautiful woman

to step into a box, so he can saw her in half

or make her disappear. Up above, a daring

young man on a flying trapeze swings through the air

while a daring young woman on a platform leaps

from her safe perch. She reaches for him, but

they don’t connect and she falls from the air!

Please, Cupid, say there is a safety net.

            Jacquelyn Markham (4/10/22)

Photo by Nishant Aneja on

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