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Carnival Of Guilt

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Michael
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0 posted 11-24-1999 05:34 AM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Michael

CARNIVAL OF GUILT

I was greeted well enough at the door,
Giving my ticket to the clown.
I saw attractions by the score,
Still, none seemed to slow me down.

I heard laughter all around me,
Yet, I felt a silent jeer.
No, it didn't take me long to see
I was not welcome here.

Heads were turning, eyes were burning,
Suddenly, all laughs were gone.
Only silent glares and my stomach, churning,
In repulsed fear pushed me on.

I walked faster, yet so did they,
What this horde wanted I did not know.
Running to the nearest door on my way,
I found myself at "The Freak Show".

Sneaking backstage, in hopes to hide,
I saw a two-headed man in a fight
Against himself, each head taking a side,
But neither side was right.

Both looked at me, without words being said,
Each pointing their given hand to a door.
Smiling, as if somehow my thoughts they read,
They knew what I was here for.

Walking inside, with what I saw,
Thought defunct my human eyes.
Though inside I was struck with awe,
I tried not to show surprise.

I saw a four legged woman walking
With a man who had no legs at all,
Living, loving, laughing and talking
As if he stood ten feet tall.

A bearded lady singing, soft in tone
To a man who had two noses.
A man so skinny he looked to lack bone
In the mirror, practicing poses.

I stood, amazed, at the shapes he took,
As my misdirected thoughts ran.
It seemed he could make himself to look
Like anything but a "normal" man.

As if sensing my questioning mind,
A boy approached beginning to speak,
"Stay, safely, here awhile, you will find
The answers to that which you seek."

I looked down seeing each arm without hand,
But pinchers like a lobster, instead.
He said, "There's things the world won't understand
That can be grasped in here, full-fled."

He gestured to a snake-skinned man
And said, "Beauty, truly is in the eye.
Viewed by the world, a charlatan,
Won't you give the magic mirror a try."

So I Stepped over and took my view,
Beheld a man without a face.
It was suddenly so clear, I knew,
In life I'd finally found my place.

Now every night people stop and stare,
Maybe we just raise their self-esteem.
Some pity us thinking it's not fair,
Others think were just here to scheme.

But I recall the other side, I know
What leads you to jeer and jilt.
And what you see as "The Freak Show"
Is nothing but your carnival of guilt.

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Michael Anderson

Loneliness isn't in being alone,
Loneliness is alone in being.




[This message has been edited by Michael (edited 11-24-1999).]
© Copyright 1999 Michael Anderson - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 11-24-1999 11:22 AM       View Profile for poetFemmeFatale   Email poetFemmeFatale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for poetFemmeFatale

Whoa Michael! What a mind-blowing experience this was! It's poetry like this, that makes me feel quite inadequate to stand next to you! The way you spin such tales into rhyme just boggles me to no end! And this spoke such a powerful message too....Well, I could go on and on, but others would call me partial, so I'll just say wow, and leave it at that! Love you...I see your face, and your spirit - and what I behold is absolute breathtaking warmth and beauty.....deep inside you, lies mountains of emotional gold, and loving diamonds....thank you for giving them to me....

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2 posted 11-24-1999 11:41 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

I can't believe this poem has gone over like a prophylactic machine in a maternity ward! This is indeed good and thought provoking....(and I ain't biased like that naughty gal above me).........
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3 posted 11-24-1999 12:10 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Michael -
This is so thought-provoking
that it boggles the mind.
To read and read again,
perchance to find ...
an image in the mirror
that doesn't resemble me.

You do have a way of taking
me 'backstage'.


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4 posted 11-24-1999 12:17 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Michael: I'm not biased, either. *S* And perhaps the reason the responses are slow is that this isn't a poem that people can say "that's nice" or "well done" and keep moving on... it demands that you pay attention... and once you're paying attention to it, you're speechless.

So... now that I've done my 'splainin'... *G* Well done, Michael! And giggles to Toe...
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5 posted 11-24-1999 12:53 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

An excellent piece of writing, Michael. I enjoyed this poem and the message.

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Denise

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6 posted 11-24-1999 01:51 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

It is very easy, and almost impossible not, to envision these scenes in a Rod Serling type of performance. To come up with these thoughts is remarkable. To be able to display them on paper is brilliant. Bravo!
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And besides, Balladeer knows he was the star of the freak show...!!
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8 posted 11-24-1999 03:21 PM       View Profile for FreeByrd   Email FreeByrd   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit FreeByrd's Home Page   View IP for FreeByrd

Michael,

This one kicks.

To borrow from M.M. and change the words slightly.

We're all Stars in the Freak Show

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LOL, Toe, on the prophylactic machine in a maternity ward!, though that's probably how these people felt trying to go over in society. All these "freaks" mentioned were real people in real "Freak Shows" traveling the country in the 1930's with the exception of myself, the faceless man...that is merely a perception of self. Indeed, I often think I would be more at home in the Freak Show than in the plastic society we live in today.

I thank each of you for your comments. That's, indeed, high praise Femme, Balladeer, Toe, Suthern, and Marge. There was much behind this piece...and Suthern, you don't have to 'splain anything. Thank you also Denise and FreeByrd, I am glad you found this piece enjoyable.


Michael

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10 posted 11-24-1999 06:29 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Completely, totally, absolutely awesome. Standing ovation for this one, Michael. It rocks.

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Time's fun when you're having flies~~Kermit the Frog


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11 posted 11-24-1999 07:08 PM       View Profile for Christopher   Email Christopher   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Christopher

What is there to say about such an awe inspiring piece Michael. This is the epitome of man. The darkness showing through in rays of lightened hope. Amazing is too mellow a word to apply to this thought provoking work of art, but shall have to suffice for lack of a better description.
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You certainly are good, my friend...
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13 posted 11-25-1999 12:43 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Your way with words is masterful. The thoughts and feelings this poem evokes cannot be described within these small replies. Incredible, Michael. The poem and you!
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14 posted 11-25-1999 12:54 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Michael this was just how was that? Mind Blowing! I ditto Balladeer when he says to think them and then right them down how you did is an awesome thing! I know how difficult it can be to get those thoughts to come across. (Though I'm sure we all can) All I can say is you've done an AWESOME job with this!
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15 posted 11-25-1999 01:09 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Interesting thoughts, interesting read, interesting poet
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16 posted 11-25-1999 01:51 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Oh Michael, WOW!! This is definately mind blowing and superb, an Excellent piece !!

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What comes from the heart goes to the heart.
Samuel Coleridge


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17 posted 11-25-1999 02:06 AM       View Profile for mc   Email mc   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit mc's Home Page   View IP for mc

We're all freaks once we start looking at ourselves from the inside... I wish I could express myself better but english is not my native language... I loved your poem and the message in itself is powerful!!!!
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18 posted 11-25-1999 09:17 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Michael: If only everyone could see the heart and not the packaging..

HUSG

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There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it...
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19 posted 11-25-1999 03:37 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Wonderful read Michael. It rings true
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20 posted 11-25-1999 11:26 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Michael, what a wonderful read!! You didn't see me at the freak show did you?
So thought provoking........................

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The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there IS to celebrate.
~Isis~
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21 posted 11-26-1999 12:09 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Enjoyed and related to this poem tremendously!


Okay, now I feel compelled to dig up my Circus poem, a recurring nightmare since childhood!


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22 posted 12-03-1999 06:16 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Michael, You may see yourself belonging in that freak show, but I don't think any of those people could write a poem quite as brilliant as you did here my friend.
 
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