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First of May

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First of May

"First of May"


When I was a child I ran away
To live with the circus in Bombay,
Where all things were new
And possible, too!
So, for this they called me "First of May"!

I started out selling concessions:
Hot! Popcorn! Hot! Peanuts! Confections!
But in my spare time,
I'd secretly climb
Into the Great Cannon--for missions!

My costume and cape were blue and grey,
Spark'ling like stars with each flight--Away!
By day selling fare--
Nights--Fly Through The Air!
Dreams do come true when you're "First of May"!*

deborah burch©
4/28/2012

*Note: "First of May" is a circus term used to describe 'newbies' who come to the circus...it means that everything is new,exciting, fresh, and anything/everything is possible! :)

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  1. Date: 5/19/2012 4:02:00 PM
    Wow another Bombay gal! LOL it does seem a magical place! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/20/2012 8:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    lol yeah thats what i thought when i read yours ;). congrats on yours too! hugs love you much den
  1. Date: 5/19/2012 7:55:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in David's "Circus" contest Deborah. Love, Carol

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/20/2012 8:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you carol. big hugs love ya deb
  1. Date: 5/19/2012 4:30:00 AM
    Nice poem... and congrats... Terry

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/20/2012 8:33:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you terry and big congrats on my fav eyes win for you. well done. hugs love ya deb
  1. Date: 5/19/2012 3:48:00 AM
    Cap'n DEb congrats on your win, I am glad I judged this blind as I would never had guessed this was you, have not heard the first of May thing before, but very entertaining..you were away from water for this ha ha ha ha..David

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/20/2012 8:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you so much david :) im on mobil my puter has passed away. i wonder if he caught the same virus that trecies had, lots of same issues. anyway thank you dear friend. i may be popping in and out of port...or chardouney.lol.love ya cap'ndeb
  1. Date: 4/30/2012 7:52:00 PM
    hey, this is pretty good, little Miss First of May. I hope you do well with it. I love limerick form for this kind of theme.

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/20/2012 8:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thanks andrea...love ya deb
  1. Date: 4/29/2012 2:11:00 PM
    Cute one story that you have told in poetic form..Reads like a winner to me...Good luck in the contest..Thanks for stopping by, reading, and taking time to comment on my work..Being shot out of cannon would be a very serious part of the circus act..Sara

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 5/20/2012 8:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you sara..hugs love ya deb
  1. Date: 4/29/2012 12:01:00 PM
    i love this imaginative and informative piece. i wonder why they call newbies first of may

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 4/29/2012 12:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    lol...thank you...jack!!! big hugs,love deb
  1. Date: 4/28/2012 7:44:00 PM
    you can actually see this. i smell them elephants..lol good work deb!

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 4/28/2012 7:48:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    lol...thank you so much...where you been...watch out for those elephants ;) ...don't walk behind behind them lol
  1. Date: 4/28/2012 6:53:00 PM
    Wow you bet the pants off me!! reads like a win to me! I liked my Fat MAn limerick better but David wanted US in the limerick! bang up job! LOL Light & Love

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 4/28/2012 7:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    lol...You honour me highly!! :) but look, as far as the 'Fat Man' goes, just 'be' the 'Fat Man'...ya think?lol a challenge I know :O lol...we are in the world of make believe and can be anything/everything is possible :)
  1. Date: 4/28/2012 5:25:00 PM
    You made this poem exciting to read Deb, I could almost smell the hot popcorn and when you flew out of that canon, Oh My! You were faster than a speeding bullet, glad you survived it to write about it, luv vie

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 4/28/2012 5:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    LOL!! thank you Vie!! Come go with me on the next shoot ;) lol...the sparkly costumes will fit you just fine...but you may need to bring your own cape ;) love ya, deb
  1. Date: 4/28/2012 5:16:00 PM
    This is a fantastic write my friend! I loved how you brought it all together under the "First of May" title and meaning! That's a dangerous event to go through for a newcomer...the canon! I really enjoyed this write that I have read this evening! I love your poem greatly! Great Work!! (I'm back)

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 4/28/2012 5:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    omg!! Russell!! do my eyes decieve me? You have been sorely missed my dear friend!! I pray you are well!! Welcome back!!! *whew* so glad you're back!! :)))) BIG HUG , love deb!!!
  1. Date: 4/28/2012 5:04:00 PM
    Love this one, Deb, good luck in the contest, jag

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 4/28/2012 5:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) thank you Jag very very much!! hugs, love deb
  1. Date: 4/28/2012 4:17:00 PM
    Ahhhh I like this one!! Very nice. Best of luck in Dave's contest. Btw. Booooommmmm that was me being shot out of cannon lol. Hugs n luv Michael

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 4/28/2012 4:21:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    LMAO!!! too funny!! :D
  1. Date: 4/28/2012 3:38:00 PM
    Deb, thanks for explainig what the "Firs of May" means to circus performers. I wish I could see you donning your costume and cape and flying over the Grand Canyon. As you say, anything's possible when you're the "First of May"! Excellent entry for David'scontest and I wish you success. Love, Carolyn

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 4/28/2012 3:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) lol, thank you so much Carolyn!! I have an extra sequened costume if you'd like to have a go? ;) love,deb
  1. Date: 4/28/2012 3:31:00 PM
    Both young and "older" children love circus, and we all have a clown is us.If only we dare to show it. Very well written, wish you luck in contest Deb. - oxox love Anne-Lise

    Burch Avatar Deborah Burch
    Date: 4/28/2012 3:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) lol...Thank you sweet Anne Lise!! hope your weekend is good so far :) much love deb