Francie Lynch

Standing On His Head In A Bucket - Poem by Francie Lynch

The city buskers don't speak til six;
After they've stored the aluminum paint,
Their instruments packed,
The clever boxes stacked,
The clink of coins counted.
Now ready for a pint, a blink and stretch.
Flame spitters, robots, Victorian mannequins,
Chimney sweeps, a Little Bo Peep,
All muted on the street.

On the steps I asked,
Which one are you?
I stand on my head in a bucket, he said.
Ha, I said, I did the same for thirty years,
Before thousands of students.
A perfect metaphor.
No, really, I continued, What's your gig?
I stand on my head in a bucket, he said.
He wasn't being poetic.
Here's a man who stands on his head in a bucket, I said,
More than once.
So many do this on their feet,
Hearing the echo of their own voice,
Shutting off our daily travails
In an insular pail,
Seeing one's reflection distorted,
With little involvement.
He said he learned his trade
Watching the pigs on his father's farm,
And perfected his talent
Watching CNN.

Topic(s) of this poem: alienation, entertainment, isolation, talent

Comments about Standing On His Head In A Bucket by Francie Lynch

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/24/2015 1:48:00 PM)

    Perfecting talent is definitely wise with composition shared here. Amazing.10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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