March 28: Circus

Circus:  Three Cinquain Reflections

circus
elephants perform
beautiful women soar
strong men battle tigers
roar

. . .

circus
sparkly, noisy
exciting, laughing, enjoying
the greatest show on earth
spectacle

. . .

circus
animals trained
compliant and docile
the whip’s force creating control
illusion

On March 28, 1881, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” also known as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, was formed. Reflect on circus.

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Today’s Postings:

Cloaked Monk

Renee

Dan Roberson

Viv in France

Becca Givens

Mad Kane

Sharmishtha Basu

The Rum Maker

Eclipse of the Moon

Lady Nimue

Light Verse

Verse in a Nutshell

Mike Patrick

Categories: Poetry Post-a-Day

24 comments

  1. danroberson said on March 28, 2011
    When I went to the circus I could feel their dismay, While the elephants were eating cabbages and hay, Wondering how the elephants could get on the trains, Whisked across the ocean and set free on the plains, While others enjoyed seeing elephants perform, I would have preferred seeing them back in their norm......
    1. vivinfrance said on March 28, 2011
      My view entirely!
    2. Becca Givens said on March 28, 2011
      Sweet animals - elephants. Much smarter, than we humans, give them credit. ~becca
    3. trisha said on March 28, 2011
      when i realized that circus lost half its charm; then when i came to know about the tortures that performes face when they are being trained i fully lost interest in it. :(
    4. ladynimue said on March 28, 2011
      Touched !
    5. Mike Patrick said on March 28, 2011
      I think the only animal to willingly seek human companionship was the dog. All others we have bent to our need. The time was right for dogs to come in out of the cold, maybe in another few million years . . . .
  2. espriurenee said on March 28, 2011
    Thank you very much for the visual.
  3. vivinfrance said on March 28, 2011
    I enjoyed your poems, but the circus itself is not my thing, as you will see from the tone of my two poems: http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/77/
  4. earlybird said on March 28, 2011
    I very much enjoyed the form of your poem, which gave me a nice summary of circus: 'roar, spectacle, illusion.' I don't think I'll be joining you on this one. Like Viv, I don't like the circus.
  5. Becca Givens said on March 28, 2011
    Nice job on the prompt ~~ Here is my contribution: http://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2011/03/27/tightrope-walker/
  6. Madeleine Begun Kane said on March 28, 2011
    I enjoyed your circus verse. Here's a quickie haiku which I haven't posted: Badly behaved dogs --- pretending to disobey --- charming circus act.
    1. trisha said on March 28, 2011
      hey! i dont know why but i tried to comment on your blog but got a message that your blog has blacklisted my email id :( hope i have not offended you in any way. if i have it was completely without knowing- trisha
      1. Madeleine Begun Kane said on March 28, 2011
        I'm so sorry you're having trouble posting on my blog. I don't know why that would be, but my anti-spam software may be misbehaving. I do know that it blocks posts using AOL's browser. Then, when people switch to Explorer or another browser it's usually okay. Sorry! It certainly is not deliberate on my part.
    2. Becca Givens said on March 28, 2011
      Charming ... I have 3 big ones that would love to participate in a circus act! :D
    3. vivinfrance said on March 28, 2011
      Neat haiku.
  7. trisha said on March 28, 2011
    i loved watching circus as a kid, esp the performing animals. :) loved the poem jane, brought back those days. trisha http://sharmishthabasu.wordpress.com/2011/03/26/circus/
  8. therummaker said on March 28, 2011
    awesome!! here's mine http://cloakedmonk.com/2011/03/28/march-28-circus/
  9. therummaker said on March 28, 2011
    sorry please delete the previous comment I gave the wrong like there.. http://therummaker.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/the-circus/
  10. eclipseofthemoon said on March 28, 2011
    Well expressed extreemes of a circus...loved reading!
  11. ladynimue said on March 28, 2011
    I loved your lines !! My post : http://ladynimue.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/emotion/
  12. RJ Clarken said on March 28, 2011
    As a small child, I used to love to go to the circus with my family. I still do. http://1ightverse.blogspot.com/2011/03/when-circus-comes-to-town.html
  13. goldenhairbear10 said on March 28, 2011
    http://verseinanutshell.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/whimsy/
  14. Mike Patrick said on March 28, 2011
    I really loved the feeling of excitement you put in the second one. Here is all I could do. http://thepoetsquill.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/calliope/

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