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Where do Clowns go to Laugh?.............................#1

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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 12-12-1999 10:16 PM       View Profile for Djaj   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Djaj

Loved it...Made me sad and thinking of the somg bring in the clowns
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Loved it...Made me sad and thinking of the somg bring in the clowns

 
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3 posted 12-12-1999 10:23 PM       View Profile for caroline   Email caroline   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for caroline

Well, Bal, my dear...one look at me first thing in the morning would make any clown either laugh, or run screaming from the room in pure terror.
Maybe that's what those giggling noises are coming from under my bed. hmmm...
Well, anyway...great poem!  


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I don't know! Good question! I love the theme and the envelope rhyme, too! Another masterpiece, Balladeer.  

 Denise


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Djaj.....thank you.

Denise...thank you for recognizing it....and your kind words.

Caroline....Are you kidding?????? From what I've seen, any clown,, or anyone else, would be blessed to see you first thing in the morning!    Glad you liked the poem.

 To the world you might be just one person but to one person you might just be the world.



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Clowns when they take off happy faces
walk around with frowns and large briefcases.

This is sad Balladeer.  You don't need a place to laugh, you just need a sense of humor and that you already got.  Great poem as usual.



 In the dew of little things,
the heart finds its morning
and is refreshed.
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Powerful question...Where do clowns go to laugh?  It led to a great peice of work that I enjoyed.  I suppose after thought....A clown may only laugh at them selves....although I know you really don't ask the question....or maybe you do  

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Maybe they listen to Derek and Clive?
Watch anything with Jim Carey in it?
They don't come to my house I can assure you of that.
Good question and great writing my friend  

 What the inner voice says will NOT disappoint the hoping soul.
~Isis~
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  I like the way you did this with 1st and last lines, the middle too!  I think you might have found that place, the one that's filled with love. It's right here in Passions, with lots of laughs too!  

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Dear 'deer - I'll just knock you over with more of my stupendous, marvellous wit...oh - and my modesty...HAHAHAHA!!!

Seriously, this is great and I think WhiteDove has it right.
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If you ever find the place my dear friend, let me know....will ya?
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A clown goes to his room to cry
To wonder, ponder, question why
The smiles he gives so generously
Don't touch the heart of such as he.
There's so much sadness deep inside
Only when he's "on" does it subside.
His soul drowns in unshed tears
As he creates smiles, allays fears.
A child's grin splits his face in half -
The clown still has no place to laugh.
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And I thought I came up with some interesting questions  
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I like your poem suthern, but no ditto this time, I will have to disagree, friends are a clown's haven, call, write, or yahoo a friend and pretty soon the clown (and the friend) will be laughing,
well at least that works for me.....

great poem Mr. Balladeer, really liked it  
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Bal,
Well some come to my house every three weeks to bray and spray. Great poem.
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Enjoyed

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