One Poem by Gaby Bedetti

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

Farewell to Jumbo

Hold your horses, let the acrobats descend.
Hug Eke, the clown, throw your hat in the ring,
The greatest show on earth has come to an end.

Leapfrogging big cats through hoops will not wend.
Neither Masai, nor Onyx, nor Cashmere will spring.
Hold your horses, let the acrobats descend.

Tightrope walkers will no longer life suspend.
No poodle to play Double Dutch with a string.
The greatest show on earth has come to an end.

Let the ringmaster to his alpacas bend,
Theatre of the impossible, wonder on the wing.
Hold your horses, let the acrobats descend.

No dogs will bark to the beat or lama kneel to attend.
Embrace the last aerialists, gone the trust they bring.
The greatest show on earth has come to an end.

Survivors, circus spirits the audience commend.
“We’ll see you down the road,” the artists sing.
Hold your horses, let the acrobats descend.
The greatest show on earth has come to an end.

 

Gaby Bedetti’s recent poems have appeared in FrogpondItalian Americana, and elsewhere. In June she blogs a daily poem on https://lexpomo.com/. At Eastern Kentucky University, she teaches Comedy as an Artistic Approach. Though Ringling is gone, she has stepped into Cirque du Soleil’s cabinet of curiosities and joined the Corteo parade.

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