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Where do clowns go to laugh?

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Balladeer
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Where do clowns go to laugh
When the circus closes down
Its wonders to the current town
And canvas tents all lay in half?

When lion, tiger and giraffe
Are tucked away in steel cages
As managers count up the wages
To split among the circus staff -

Where do clowns go to laugh?

Where do the men behind the masks
Of greasepaint eyes and lipstick grins
That smile out over double chins
And roll about whenever asked

Go to let their cares unwind
With someone else to play the fool
While they sit perched upon a stool?
Please tell me for my peace of mind

For I was one who used to laugh
And now I need that special place
Where tears can dry without a trace,
Where smiles can split your face in half;

There - where the clowns go to laugh.
© Copyright 1999 Michael Mack - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 06-13-99 06:41 AM       View Profile for ashlerr   Email ashlerr   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ashlerr

i really liked this one. a kind of question within a statement of lose. ( please dont think that i am critiquing) leave it innocence or just simply a change. i look forward to seeing more.
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2 posted 06-13-99 07:07 AM       View Profile for Ron   Email Ron   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ron's Home Page   View IP for Ron

This falls within that unusual category: a question I never thought to ask, but an answer I've always sought to find. Wondeful Job!


The Mime



The eyes of the mime are cold and intense,
A stare both vacant and proud;
His look is sheathed in shades of diffidence,
His semblance to enshroud.

The lips of the mime are silent and dead,
Unmoving, unmoved, unmet;
The sound of his smile is left unsaid,
The touch of his voice unspent.

His face a mask, his demeanor a sham
His words unspoken untruth,
Yet the mute mime remains an epigram
Of man's remembered youth

The clowns, you see, exist for our progeny
In the big tent of the circus;
And if clowns exist for our progeny,
Then mimes are for the rest of us.

See not the unsmiling lips and icy eyes,
And hear not the silence after.
Look instead as the mime hypnotizes
And listen to the laughter.


Ron

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3 posted 06-13-99 07:57 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

"...a question I never thought to ask, but an answer I've always sought to find." A masterful statement followed by an equally masterful poem. Thanks for sharing it.
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I like the poem. It is true where do we go when we lose our laughter, when the stress is too much. Can't wait to see more.
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I don't where clowns go to laugh...or what they do when all is done...but I can tell you this much...I know exactly where to go when I need a lift or a touch...straight to Balladeer...great one...
Christina Myers
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7 posted 07-04-99 10:08 AM       View Profile for Christina Myers   Email Christina Myers   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Christina Myers's Home Page   View IP for Christina Myers

a lovely poem, indeed....
reminds one of that old adage- laughing on the outside, crying on the inside-

bravo, Balladeer

-Christina

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And I thought: this is how poetry is born. It comes from invisible heights, it is secret and dark in its origins, solitary and fragrant, and like the river it will assimilate whatever falls in its current; it will seek a route between the mountains, and its crystalline song will ripple through the meadows."- Pablo Neruda
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Great thought, I alway's just thought clowns were happy people, and that's why they became clowns to entertain people with their humor. Now you have me wondering if they could maybe be sad, and hiding behind those wigs and painted faces, so no one else will know. Great work Balladeer, you alway's get our thought waves moving.
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9 posted 12-07-1999 12:20 AM       View Profile for Cuddlez   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cuddlez

I always was told the happiest people had the most to hide......

 Time flies? Say it not so, time stays we go.
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10 posted 02-11-2002 06:06 PM       View Profile for RosePetal   Email RosePetal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RosePetal

aww I like this balladeer! when i was a little girl I was terrified of clowns LOL

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oh Michael, you were so serious back here
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Wow, I've always appreciated your poetry and little stories with poetical rhymes. But the past awakens the best of times. I really like this verse of speech and of course one day, your level of writing I will reach.

To be, or not to be. That is the question.

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Thank you, Krystopher, for digging back (way back!) into the past. I'm glad you enjoyed
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14 posted 04-23-2005 01:28 AM       View Profile for timothysangel1973   Email timothysangel1973   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit timothysangel1973's Home Page   View IP for timothysangel1973

"Where do clowns go to laugh?"

Well shoot, never really thought about it till now, but thanks for the next eight hours that I will spend trying to figure it out hehe

Great write, this was before I found yall... and glad I have gone hunting cause this one was well worth the find.

Tima
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A boast in order here.
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16 posted 06-13-2010 08:44 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Wow, late! You're bringing back some old memories! Thank you....
 
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