“ELEGY FOR THE CIRCUS”
No more clowns, corpse-white skin,
blackened eyes, and red leaking lips,
to frighten infants with ludicrous stunts
and thickly painted cracked faces
No more weeping elephants, tears cutting lines in rough skin
No more grey-skinned babes separated from mourning mothers
No more tigers pacing cages too small for predators meant to run,
to race, to track down prey, to rip flesh between their teeth
No more lions teased with the heads of their masters
thrust into hungry mouths, teased with the illusion
of freedom and a hot meal with a beating heart
No more X-square feet per animal, less than zoo standards,
less than any wild beast was meant to live in, to pace in, to die in,
No more creatures forced to perform
before children dripping ice cream and disinterest
For those of you fortunate enough to live in Northeast Ohio, there are two writing events tomorrow (October 13th) in the Cleveland area.
Literary Cleveland’s October Poetry workshop takes place from 10:30-12:30 at the Cleveland Main Library, led by poet Kisha Nicole Foster.
Indie Author Conference and Showcase takes place from 10am- 4pm at the Cuyahoga County Library’s Parma-Snow branch.
Both events are free, which is INCREDIBLE. I’ve attended both events at different times in the past and readily vouch for how inspiring and helpful both are. Unfortunately, they overlap, so you will need to choose which event you want to attend this year.
If you can take advantage of these events, please do so. They are well worth the drive!
*It should come as no surprise that I’m not a fan of circuses, and so this prompt from last year’s National Poetry Writing Month really inspired me.