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Chilling Clown

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Corinne
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0 posted 11-26-1999 12:17 AM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Corinne


In my re-occurring nightmare, he is there
Freakishly tall and ghoulishly thin
Resplendent in his Pokka-dotted suit, orange hair
Yellow teeth and exaggerated blood red grin

Travelling with the circus, this spooky clown
Has come to beget mayhem and despair
Into your lethargic, peaceful seashore town
While you eat cotton candy and toss coins at the fair

Under the velvet stratum of night he hides,
With his always-watchful clown eyes, he appalls
Black empty orbs shine with interest, he bides
Time, while he juggles balls and takes pratfalls

His overly cheerful chuckling face belies
The arctic, deadly calculating mind within
It is killing time for the girl with the dollís eyes
Anxious for the pleasure and terror to begin

They search when she doesn't come home
The town wonders how she got separated from friends
And police ask why a fourteen-year-old girl was alone
While the local paper predicts how this story will end

A witness to this horror, frozen in slow motion dreams
I see many towns like this, misery with no answers
Morbid, how do I fit into his putrid scheme?
What slimy secretion spawned this emergent cancer?

In my nightmare I see him, his moves lightening fast
Grabbing her wrist, knocking her down to the ground
Always just outside my clear vision, out of my grasp

In another time, another unsuspecting small town

His face leans in and laughs
His face leans in and laughs


© June 1999 Corinne Bailey

© Copyright 1999 Corinne - All Rights Reserved
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1 posted 11-26-1999 12:29 AM       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

Corinne - So vividly descriptive ... I'll probably have nightmares !
There is another face the clown wears ...
and it doesn't leave me laughing.
Good job !

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Martie
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2 posted 11-26-1999 12:33 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Very vivid and filled with the dark mood of the clown--well done
RSEvans
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3 posted 11-26-1999 10:28 AM       View Profile for RSEvans   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for RSEvans

Inspired by Stephen King? This is truly chilling, Corinne. I can only hope that my nightmares do not mix with yours as I slumber.

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4 posted 11-26-1999 10:00 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is chilling, Corinne. It reminded me of my daughter's fear of clowns (doesn't know why, just is spooked by them). This sounds like the nightmare to beat all nightmares.
Very well done.

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5 posted 11-26-1999 10:11 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Two things grin a lot....clowns and maniacs. This is an excellent job of combining the two.
 
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