Friday, May 20, 2016

Strolling the streets; the shift

strolling the streets
of the happiest place
in America ...
had I remembered
I would have worn a grin

San Luis Obispo, California, USA, August 2013
—Skylark 2:2, winter 2014

It actually was a happy place. I'd happily visit again!

the shift
in my disposition
when I notice
that train is carrying
The Greatest Show on Earth

~railroad crossing, Waller County, Texas, USA
—Atlas Poetica, 20, January 2015

A long, sleek, spotless train, no graffiti. As an adult, I tend to be a little bothered by the notion of circuses (some might say "The Cruelest Show on Earth"?). Yet for a few moments, I felt something magical as that train transported me back. 

Note: Earlier this month, performing elephants were officially retired from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ending a 145-year tradition.


  1. Love the juxtaposition of these two ironic comments!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, as always, Jenny!

  2. These are a treat - and work so beautifully together. It is true, one does respond with a smile - on cue - when there is an expectation, or even a reminder, that that is the expected and/or customary response. It must be ingrained in us from infancy. I've noticed myself doing it, even when I don't feel the least bit jolly.

  3. That first one made me giggle! And I so get you on the second--feeling that something magical. Yes, the circus has always bothered me, too--especially those sad-eyed elephants. Both of these are exceptional.

  4. Enjoyed your comments, Wendy and Jennifer - thanks!

    1. My first circus was seen as an adult with our children, and I was more excited than they were. Thanks for the memory.


    2. glad I could help you w/the memory!