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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: Circus Act
By vincent lyons
05/20/10
~3rd Place


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Welcome to my circus; it’s the greatest show in town;
I’m the circus master and I also am the clown;
The laptop’s my arena, its screen an open page—
Gateway to the internet—the worldwide web’s my stage.

Words are my performers in showcasing every act,
Deftly alternating between tension, truth and tact;
Like a cast on opening night they’re out there on their own;
Slip-ups will be noticed—they are in the critics’ zone.

Some of them can jump through hoops and others play with fire;
Some do acrobatics; others balance on the wire,
Walking on a tightrope spanning fantasy and fact
With imagination juggling –a mind boggling act.

Others strut their nonchalance up on the high trapeze
Doing cartwheels through the air with elegance and ease;
Patrons gasp and hold their breath, amazed by skill and dare,
Loving the precision and the artist’s poise and flair.

Enters then the circus clown who loves to play for laughs—
Daft exaggerations are this tickle-teaser’s craft;
Mimicking and floundering he twists the crowd in knots—
A born actor and true showman—mindless fool he’s not.

When with formal dignity the circus-master speaks
Who would guess the circus clown could master such techniques?
One man puts on the costumes, playing out so many roles:
In characters created the writer’s life is told.

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Francy Judge 05/21/10
This is great! Lots of fun. I like your comparisons and word choices. The rhythm flows well too.
Margaret Kearley 05/27/10
A great poem with some wonderful rhymes and some very interesting comparisons. I liked this - thankyou
Margaret Kearley 05/27/10
Congratulations - glad it did so well!
Dianne Janak05/27/10
Congratulations on your place in EC.. great poem.. loved it!
Mona Purvis05/27/10
Vincent, congrats on this wonderful piece.
I read it earlier in the week. Today, I read again and stopped to realize just how good this is and how very on topic.
In fact, of all the entries I've read this week, this one speaks most clearly of the writer's life to me.
You really nailed it.

Mona
Angela M. Baker-Bridge05/27/10
Excellent, on target, funny, and yet profound. Congratulations!
Rikki Akeo05/27/10
Congratulations on your EC!

A little side note: Your entry is called Circus Act and your last name is Lyons. I got an additional chuckle out of that!
K.D. Manes 05/27/10
Great rhythm and analogy of the writer's life! Congratulations!
Beth LaBuff 05/27/10
Super congrats, Vincent, on your ribbon and Editor's Choice award! This is excellent! I love the images in this entertaining poem!
Joan Campbell05/28/10
Congrats on your EC Vincent. Loved the circus metaphor you used. This is beautifully crafted.