The Circus

dVerse brings us the artwork or Borg de Nobel as inspiration today. All of the ones offered were fantastic (I could be back with another), but this one stood out to me, combined with some info from her bio. Be sure to check out more of her work at http://borgeous.wordpress.com.

Two parts of the Road as a whole
by Borg de Nobel
Used with permission

I hear it! It’s finally here!
I have been waiting for weeks.
Do you hear it, Billy?
It’s the circus train.

Oh, the train? It is like a car,
only much bigger and taller,
like a house on wheels,
with a chimney even, blown’ smoke.

dance children, the circus is in town
lions, tigers and, of course, the clowns
sights for all to see, come on down

Please come with me Billy,
I so want to go,
I promise to hold your hand,
tell you about everything.
The tight rope walkers and trappese
and all the animals. The elephants
are my favorites.

Elephants? Hmm. They are amazing!
They have four legs like the dog,
but they are huge! almost bigger
than the train. Their legs are round
and straight, like the tree in the yard, with great
big flat, round ears and instead
a nose they have a trunk…no, not like that,
it looks like a long stocking.
They make music with it like a trumpet.

dance children, the circus is in town
lions, tigers and, of course, the clowns
sights for all to see, come on down

Please come with me Billy,
it is simply marvelous! There will
be music and clowns… Them? Well,
they are just silly and there is usually
a lot of them dressed up in funny wigs,
that’s fake hair, and clothes and they
paint their faces and make everyone laugh.

And the smells, Billy. You will really like that.
Cotton candy and popcorn and ice cream.
It is a lot like carnival except with shows
instead of rides. Won’t you please come?
Yes, I will hold your hand, I promise. Yes,
I will tell you more about the birds
while we walk, every one we hear.

dance children, the circus is in town
lions, tigers and, of course, the clowns
sights for all to see, come on down

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20 responses to “The Circus

  1. definitely…if i were billy..i would go and see the circus with you…such vivid descriptions…made me see it with new eyes as well again

  2. I enjoyed all the details you gave about the circus. Your words definitely would inspire Billy or any other child to want to go. I just loved your description of the elephant!

  3. Surreal images of circus matching the artwork

  4. I like the sights and smells of the circus train ~ A delight to read ~

  5. ha…def fun…love the circus…and love trains…grew up by the tracks and fell asleep to them…never saw a circus come in on a train except in the movies…you captured the excitement though in your verse…

  6. Any child would respond to this poem – great fun, and a worthy response to the artwork.
    Last stanza: won’t, not want!

  7. Brilliant! I want to go to the circus:)

  8. I guess he or she really, really wants to go to the circus … You made it sound so vivid and very exciting

  9. I really like the way you approached this!

  10. I pictured Billy blind because you were giving him the smells and sounds to look forward to–visuals too–but I just loved the relationship and the little tune that goads the speaker on.

    • thank you Susan, I think you are the only one that has picked up on that.

      • How interesting. I don’t think I would have picked up on that. I pictured, instead, that Billy was very small—like 2 or 3—and in need of having everything new explained to him because he was fearful.

      • i think that is where most people went…i thought about putting something in about ‘you can leave your cane’, but did not want to get quite that obvious… also, in the artist bio, they referenced a blind brother…

      • I’ll look at it again in a bit to see if I can make any suggestions. No, you don’t want it to be too obvious. But the tone of voice is very sing-songy and excited, as if talking to a small child. So if the child is older, the speaker’s voice should reflect it.

  11. You would convince me to attend the circus. I liked the exagerated images.descriptions. Could be for a number of reasons, but it was very effective in communicating the enthusiasm you saw in the painting.

  12. This took me about the ring and i was amazed at the wonder there

  13. Love this, it brings me all the childish excitement of those far off years.

  14. “I will tell you more about the birds
    while we walk, every one we hear.”
    I don’t imagine you’ll hear too many; the circus is pretty loud, from what I recall. 🙂

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