Prompt: Maureen’s prompt: “Today’s (optional) prompt is pretty simple – a love poem!” (https://www.napowrimo.net). 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.”
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)
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