Circus Song–dVerse Pantoum

Photo: David Slotto

Circus Song

If life’s a circus, love, then we’re the clowns,
tossed in this hurly-burly neon light.
Rollercoaster madness keeps us bound,
never free of new-moon darkest night.

Rip me from hurly-burly neon light.
Dance me into the sweetest sounds,
free now of new-moon darkest night.
Steal me to meadows, daisy-crowned.

Dance me beauty of life’s sweetest sounds;
leave behind this darkness and its fright.
Green meadows, gift me, daisy-crowned;
dream me a future that is bright.

Let’s leave behind the darkness and its fright,
this rollercoaster madness holds us bound.
Let’s dream another future, shining bright.
This life’s a circus, dear, and we’re the clowns.

Written and posted for Gina’s prompt for dVerse Form Challenge: Pantoum.

32 thoughts on “Circus Song–dVerse Pantoum

  1. calmkate says:

    This is great writing, your words weave this form so very well!


  2. This Pantoum form can be so diverse! I love your circus metaphors and the madness of our addictions to the drama. If we are the clowns just fooling around, just entertaining each other it creates a message of being fooled by too much too. Great I love it!


  3. Mish says:

    I like the voice and the use of “love” and “dear”….a slight sarcasm without losing the seriousness of the message. Your example of the form is inspiring.

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  4. Just Barry says:

    This circus song reads as a lullaby of light. Lovely visuals and sentiment.


  5. merrildsmith says:

    This is a beautiful pantoum. It flows like a song, and I can imagine it put to music.
    It made me think of Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns,” and Cohen’s “Dance Me to the End of Love”–and weirdly, we saw a clown leaving the lobby of my mom’s building on Thursday, and a friend went to see a dance performance to Leonard Cohen.


  6. annell4 says:

    A lovely poem…so true.


  7. Oloriel says:

    I love the way you used the form to weave emotions, and I find the last stanza to be very comforting.


  8. Rip me, dance me, steal me, dream me…I love this!


  9. memadtwo says:

    Send in the clowns! this evokes so many wonderful images. (K)


  10. Truedessa says:

    Let’s dream another future, shining bright

    oh, yes let us all dream of better days…


  11. rothpoetry says:

    A wonderful poem. I liked how you did the repetition, but changed the lines slightly each time.


  12. L. Stevens says:

    The circus theme goes well with the full circle repeated lines. Well done!

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  13. sdtp33 says:

    beautifully crafted pantoum!


  14. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice focus of the pantoum on a circus and we being the clowns.


  15. V.J. Knutson says:

    Bravo! Circus air to it, yet delivered with substance.


  16. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES says:

    I like the temp and play. Clowns it is today!


  17. Well, bring in the clowns! A remarkable pantoum!


  18. This is a lovely up-beat poem and I like the transformations of the repeated lines.

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  19. sanaarizvi says:

    This is sheer perfection, Victoria! ❤️


  20. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Pantoum perfection indeed. You inspire and entertain with equal grace. All I can say is “Bring in the clowns”.


  21. kim881 says:

    Your pantoum is well-formed and beautifully executed, Victoria, and I love the circus theme. I especially enjoyed the ‘hurly-burly neon light’, the daisy-crowned meadows and the way the whole poem addresses the reader.


  22. msjadeli says:

    A wake-up call with a message of hope is a beautiful thing. I like the words you used and how you wove the ideas with them.


  23. Sabio Lantz says:

    Very, very nice. I love the parenthetical inclusion of “,dear” and the clown reference within this crazy life.


  24. that first line is so powerful!!! i felt the twists and turns, Ma’am!


  25. Gina says:

    love your title so much! you have used the repetition of chosen phrases and syllables to make this is most engaging pantoum. it flows gracefully Victoria.


  26. This is just lovely … I do love how you turned the questions in the beginning to an affirmation…


  27. ayala says:

    A beautiful poem.


  28. Grace says:

    Love the sounds of your pantoum and the slight twist to the ending line. This was a light take, a dance of beauty against the darkness and fright. Thanks for a fine example of this form Victoria.


  29. robtkistner says:

    Life is a carnival, believe it or not. Life is a carnival twobits a shot


    • robtkistner says:

      Send in the clowns – don’t bother, they’re here!
      This was an excellent pantoum Victoria, well written. It put me in mind of a couple songs. The Band’s “Life Is A Carnival”, and Judy Collins’ “Send In The Clowns”. I enjoyed your work here!


  30. kanzensakura says:

    You do a lovely pantoum girlfriend!

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