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CLOWN AT THE ABYSS

“Nobody likes a clown at midnight.” Stephen King CLOWN AT THE ABYSS Darkroom abscessed with neon blush and black-blood — sunken eyes look surprised to find oneself in a dank dungeon. Fecal stench, not humorous, screams on each bold painted-on face. “Are we dead?” “When did I die?” “I didn’t want to take along this honking nose! It never quits!” “These humongous shoes, like flippers, so cold they grip!” The clowns, their smiles and frowns, continue to gripe in the big tent abyss. The epic fail of their lives an applause from the demons who have them in grip. Like fools, they suppose, they can feel their way out. They march in one straight line with clanging chains, chortling, “Heigh Ho! Heigh Ho! It’s off to work I go!”* You see, they can’t help being funny - never could. So on they march clinging to claustrophobic walls. Yet they, one by one, begin to notice no floor exists. Squalid birds, their chains rattle and roll, with cheap jokes that never cease. “Take my wife…please.” Rings through the air. The demons cackle and boo their despair, occasionally deflating the roof of the tent on their heads - it sticks to their gooey faces, causing them to run out of hot air, go limp, confine their space even more - no audience to exploit. When the roof rises each one finds water caterwauled at their faces, then strapped to a chair as sufferable makeup - acidophil - leaks behind their eyes, into their pores, maliciously. Clown at the abyss digs his nails into the soil, climbing a mountain of ill will, always failing...falling, and then the jokes hammer again...over and over, head over heels. ...head over heels, with no end… 2/27/2020 Clown at the Abyss Poetry Contest Sponsor: Kai Michael Neumann *Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Date: 5/18/2020 1:50:00 PM
Hello Kim, clowns are not funny at night. Congrats on the win. Enjoy your day my friend.
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Darlene De Beaulieu
Date: 5/19/2020 1:42:00 PM
Hello Kim, oh it must have been an odd feeling sleeping in your daughter's room with the clown hanging from the ceiling. Enjoy your day my friend.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 5/18/2020 3:27:00 PM
Surely they’re not...lol! Slept in my daughter’s room one time. She had a clown hanging from the ceiling!
Date: 3/25/2020 3:49:00 AM
Wow! Congrats. Thanks for sharing this truth (...always failing...falling, and then... with no end…) in your awesome poetic style. God bless you.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 3/25/2020 6:43:00 AM
Thank you, sweet one!
Date: 3/24/2020 9:05:00 PM
This is epic Kim, well deserved honors
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 3/25/2020 6:43:00 AM
Thank you so much, Craig!
Date: 3/24/2020 6:59:00 PM
wow such a creative approach Kim no wonder you nailed the trophy win, many congrats:-) hugs jan xx
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 3/24/2020 8:53:00 PM
Thank you so much, my friend!
Date: 3/24/2020 5:54:00 PM
A masterpiece indeed Kimmy...very well executed dear friend...Congrats!! on First! place...stay safe and hibernate...The Wingster...^WW^ :o)
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 3/24/2020 8:53:00 PM
Thank you WW! You be safe too! Stay put!
Date: 3/24/2020 1:38:00 PM
Wow, clown hell. You went deep with this one, Kim and were rewarded with a well-deserved #1 podium win. Enjoyed the read and the creative approach you took, as well as all the clown attributes. Congrats!
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 3/24/2020 5:23:00 PM
Thank you, John!
Date: 3/24/2020 1:28:00 PM
Congratulations on your masterpiece.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 3/24/2020 5:23:00 PM
Thanks so much, Kai!
Date: 3/24/2020 1:06:00 PM
- Woow, Kim .... really deserved your first place :) - Congratulations so much :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 3/24/2020 5:23:00 PM
Thank you, my friend!
Date: 3/24/2020 9:59:00 AM
Wow! Vivid descriptions and lots of drama and suspense. I can see why this is #1!
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 3/24/2020 5:24:00 PM
Thank you so much, Juliet!
Date: 2/29/2020 9:13:00 AM
An Excellent write, I feel sorry for clowns ( wrote a poem a year or two back) -they just have to act like a joker, a happy pereson, even though the painted tears on their face are wipeed off by the real tears that flow! A definite win and a fav for me. Blessings, Jennifer.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 2/29/2020 9:15:00 AM
Is it posted? If so, what is the title? Hugs...Kim
Date: 2/29/2020 1:01:00 AM
This one has to be the top dog winner of this contest.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 2/29/2020 9:15:00 AM
Woot woot! We will see. Love ya, my friend!
Date: 2/28/2020 9:34:00 PM
Kim, wow, your poem is amazing for the contest, this must be a winner _Constance
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 2/28/2020 10:31:00 PM
Thanks so much, constance! :)
Date: 2/28/2020 9:46:00 AM
OH MY GOODNESS. You had FUN with this prompt. You know. BAD fun. Love it.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 2/28/2020 2:16:00 PM
LOL! Even I was cringing as I wrote...lol ;)
Date: 2/27/2020 11:20:00 AM
This is exceptionally creative and a great pleasure to read my friend. You have scored a hit wit this insightful dark piece. Wonderful ending as well.. A fav.... Good luck in the contest..
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 2/27/2020 6:49:00 PM
Thank you so much, Robert! :)
Date: 2/27/2020 10:59:00 AM
Wow, this was really good Kim. So creative and out there. It scared me. Best wishes in the contest. Love the Rodney Dangerfield nod. : )
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 2/27/2020 11:07:00 AM
Thanks! Phew...these take a lot out of you. I could not write a novel with so much dark. May God bless you with much love and light :)
Date: 2/27/2020 10:41:00 AM
I see you have emulated Stephen King very well in this poem. I have read a few of his books. I found them entertaining, so is your poems. Hugs.
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Kim Rodrigues
Date: 2/27/2020 10:43:00 AM
Thank you so much! Hugs, my dear and faithful friend!