Miz Quickly’s Catch & Release #1

Finds in a Sketch

There were shirtsleeves rolled up
and muscles tight and pressed,
and somewhere in the distance
lions roared their same complaint,
a sound that seemed soft as velvet.

Then the pulling and shifting, and
the circus tent came down, floating,
a cloud of dusty dry summer, a rising
curtain that nature couldn’t suppress.
The game was up. The work was done.

I stood in that emptying field with sun-
bleached posters in pieces across
the ground, and a tiny woman said,
“Same time next September, luv.”

And I wanted to push this year
into the next as fast as it would go.

Written to prompt at Miz Quickly’s Catch and Release #1 and shared with #APoemADay on Twitter   ©Misky 2021. Words to use are: pulling, sketch, shift, tent, feel, same, finds, pushes, work, game, pieces, circus.

6 responses to “Miz Quickly’s Catch & Release #1”

    1. Nice to see Bea back at it.


  1. Oh, I was there with you… we had carnivals, no animals, but what fun.

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    1. Kids nowadays will never the thrill of a circus arriving in town!

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  2. I’ve been to both small and big, Big Tops. Smaller was better, but smellier. Big – especially in nose-bleed seats really to me wasn’t worth the price of the ticket. There are still small street carnivals, but the circus is no more.

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    1. Circuses belong to a different time, but I’m sure glad I had the chance to see them when I was a kid.

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