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The circus roof is strewn with stars. 
Its sides are striped with white and red. 
The acrobats swing on high bars, 
And hang there till they're dead. 

No children cheered the circus folks 
Parading through the dusty town. 
No laughter follows hollow jokes 
From such a grotesque clown. 

This masquerade we all mistrust, 
For right before our weeping eyes, 
We see the carnage in the dust, 
The crimes clowns can't disguise.

With painted smiles he entertains, 
Committed to his mad crusade. 
The orange-coated men in chains 
Know now they've been betrayed. 

Forgotten in their costumes bright 
Caged men are dying by the sea, 
In silent shadows, out of sight 
Beneath this grim marquee. 



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  1. Date: 9/29/2009 1:46:00 PM
    Great stuff Maggie. x

  1. Date: 9/11/2009 9:01:00 AM
    This is very powerful writing here, Maggie! I see that its been almost a year since you've posted here at the Soup. Hope you return soon with more great writing !!

  1. Date: 5/28/2009 6:18:00 AM
    Maggie, It took me a moment to catch on to the analogy. This poem has depth and hope. I laughed at the first verse expecting some witty humor to follow. Then, realized the truth of the write was no joke at all! Very well penned. Lovingly, Dane

  1. Date: 11/13/2008 10:16:00 PM
    Hi Maggie! What a powerful piece... excellent word use, imagery, rhyming and flow! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 11/13/2008 11:41:00 AM
    Yes, let us hope indeed. I truly feel change for the better is upon us, though it will come slowly. I am trying to look forward, rather than back. Too much truth in your excellent write. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 11/13/2008 8:59:00 AM
    great pen, we can only hope that with new blood in power they can make a change. thank you for sharing and God bless