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The Clown

With skip, screech and flourish The belfry-housed bats Flew wildly and garish Far madder than rats. Greasepaint teardrops a-flying In twilight's ascension, Heart breaking and dying, Robbed blind of attention. Coins spun in chance Flay the crazy, cracked actor, Maniacal trance This duality factor. Submerged below laughter And painted-on grin Lies a strip mine hereafter Of heartache chagrin. And the payload thus hollowed, Black manganese ore, Bullet-bitten and swallowed And fired at the floor. These eyes so forlorn Freezing cackles with doubt, For no light is in-drawn And no light is shone out.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2005

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