pours in from the night
while the ring master, a real stand-up tragedian
practices his verse and prose
white faced clowns with sad blue eyes
lament the laughter that passed them by.
while the lion tamer whips himself into a frenzy
the bearded lady’s hair turns grey
an elephant I saw in my pajamas
but how it got into my pajamas I’ll never know
spoke the black faced freak
while the young violinist
played with her feet.