Thursday, January 28, 2016

Circus In A Hearse

Piled my circus in a hearse
cause clown cars are for funerals.
Taxis are for city girls,
and the bus don't run this far.
I let the lion drive.
Leopard's got a lead foot.
I'm halfway out the window
navigating by the stars.

Open up my circus tent
outside the city limits.
I like my normal at a distance
with money in both hands.
Housewife with a ticket.
Lawyer with a fetish.
They like peeking through the keyhole
and cheering in the stands

till the band
plays
them back to Main Street.

Pack up my circus tent.
Make one last stop for coffee.
Watch the clerk watching us -
he thinks he knows the kind we are.
Gonna let the monkey drive.
Bear can't work a stick shift.
I'll take my turn at the state line,
Lord, if we get that far.

Navigating
and always chasing
after stars.

For Susie's prompt at Real Toads.  Hope this isn't too much of a stretch.

Note: One of my poems was selected as a Runner Up in the Shiny Poetry Competition.  You can read it here (it's the second poem).

19 comments:

Marion said...

Congratulations, Circus Mama Zen, on getting that awesome poem chosen!!!! We Circus Freak Poets need all the backflip pats on the back we can get. You deserve it.

I love this poem, especially "I like my normal at a distance...". Perfect!!! Ever since I saw my favorite movie, " Harold and Maude", I've wished I had a customized hearse to drive...then along came "Six Feet Under" with the gorgeous red-headed Lauren Ambrose driving her lime green hearse!!! I was so envious of her cool quirkiness. And now you're tooling to the circus in one. Must be a karmic connection, no? LOL! Anyhoo, thanks for making my day with this awesome write. I appreciate you. Love & Hugs, xo

Fireblossom said...

I like the whole thing, it's fun and clever and cool, but there were two parts I just am in love with: liking normal at a distance, and the bit about the monkey and the bear.

Sylvia K said...

Well, you know I love it as always and it is indeed an awesome write! Love the "liking normal at a distance", that's me!! Hope your week is going well!!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love the liking normal at a distance. Me too......and fully enjoyed this romp through your poem. Congrats on being shortlisted......no wonder. That line "I ruined myself for ordinary men". Oh you are singing my song. That of a few of us I suspect.

Susie Clevenger said...

Love this! It is such a creative take on the prompt. Circus In A Hearse...What a title!! I like my normal at a distance too. Thanks so much for taking part in the prompt!

brudberg said...

The whole concept of bringing a circus in a hearse... somehow it feels a little bit like the tears behind a clown's mask... but weaving it with that menagerie makes it brilliant...

Brother Ollie said...

sweet - I'm swimming deep in your imagery. Reminded me of stories of Neil Young travelling around Ontario in a hearse with his band.

Gail said...

What a delightful poem with so many nuances.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I love the visuals of this poem. The animals give a real personality to the circus, and I love the traveling feel.

Also, congrats on "Summer Reading." That's an excellent poem.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Love, love, love this. Just another day in paradise.

Jim said...

This was a fun ride, Mom Zee. Funner than the song I like, "Life in the Fast Lane." About the same tempo except for the coffee stop but they stopped for the "crash".
I should have joined the circus, I like to ride (and drive).
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Kerry O'Connor said...

Congrats on placing in the poetry competition! Maybe I am biased, but i thought yours ten times better than the one that placed first.

Love your circus motif here too!

Gillena Cox said...

im reading this the way a blues singer sings the blues (✿◠‿◠)

much love...

Outlawyer said...

Many congrats, MZ--agree with Kerry re your contest poem, and Shay re favorite lines here--super interesting, sharp, clever. k.

grapeling said...

i'm but an echo of others who said what I thought.

and congrats ! ~

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I love stories about circuses! The quirkier and more fantastic, the better. I usually prefer mine without animals, but for this I am delighted to make an exception – these animals are clearly full partners.

I adored your 'Shiny' poem too, and thought it far the most brilliant of the runners-up. However, I did find the winning poem heart-stoppingly lovely, and deep. Will only say – it takes a lot to beat you! :)

Brendan MacOdrum said...

I think we're all Bozos on this bus, er, hearse. Or maybe not the dudes in our jones for peeking, raping and plundering with the eye. Again your hardscrabble Okie voice sings true.

Carol Campbell said...

I'm very happy for you! I can see your talent and skill clearly!

Margaret said...

What a fantastical poem "normal at a distance"... totally enthralled and a bit different for you. 2nd place is great - but you are first in my book. GREAT poem - and I can relate to reading at a young age like that....