One Poem by Randal A Burd, Jr.

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

Circus Elephants in Retirement

Does a pachyderm dream in his elephant dreams
Of the clowns and trapezes, the music, the shows?
Of a time in his prime which compared to now seems
Did encompass the best of the life that he knows?

Is she grateful to voices demanding the end
Of performances ladies and gentlemen share
As the best of events they were pleased to attend
Or resent being treated like some dancing bear?

Is retirement all it was promised to be?
Do they miss the excitement, the life on the train?
Would they choose to be loved rather than to be free?
Or perhaps they’re content; free of stress; free of pain?


Randal A. Burd, Jr. is a married father of two and an educator who works with the disadvantaged in rural Missouri. He holds a master’s degree in English Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Missouri. Randal is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Sparks of Calliope magazine. His latest collection of poems, Memoirs of a Witness Tree, is forthcoming from Kelsay Books in Summer 2020.

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