Steven S. Walsky

Last Night Of The Circus (From The Circus In Three Acts) - Poem by Steven S. Walsky

Bobby said that the clown died yesterday,
Old Willie was his name.
Even though we’d miss his act,
the circus played just the same.

I heard the lion tamer lost his cool,
tripped upon entering the cage.
Took five men to pull him out,
and all at once he was the rage.

Bobby said the clown has died,
Old Willie will sing no more.
Just seven clowns left to run the show,
it will be hard to mind the store.

Old Willie was a funny guy,
he had saved his money to retire.
Now his son will pocket the cash,
his son is a drunk soon to be fired.

Bobby said that the clown has died,
‘long live the king, ’ they called.
The crowds stood in silent prayer,
but kids screamed for popcorn in the halls.

Last night was it for the circus,
today they pack-up and leave town.
Dogs and bears will ride in cages,
going to be sad without Old Willie around.

(Copyright Steven S. Walsky)

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 19, 2008

Poem Edited: Friday, January 9, 2009

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