The baby circus

The baby circus




The plastic circus last turn, now just a distant dream

The cot lies empty, barred side down, toothless skull grin

The soothing glide of the sliding parts become a whispered scream

Pink hazes suffuse the powdered air and wind up music, cheap mandolins

Plinked rubber teeth to chime a thin metallic keening

Distant tunes that fade with forgiven tiny sins

That wept together, by the light of a plastic glowworm gleaming

Wet soft cheeks in funny little seriousnesses of wrongs

And mistakes made, comfortings and forgettings into dreamings

And memories of laughter rattle for one startled moment, and a song

That gave up half way through in giggled impossibility

And love gleamed eyes that closed to sleep when sleep just came along

Tomorrow, the tiny hand that slipped out from my grasp to be

Clasped by another, now more strong.

These memories will be dismantled, shipped along the family tree

And the plastic circus made to take a turn around again, but,

this time, not for me.

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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

Oh, I miss the plastic circus, The three rings from the babies warm milk bottles left on the dresser, morning noon and night

the big tent of the diaper, awaiting the removal of what seems to be elephant size poo...The tightropes we walked out of the babies room, balancing precariously on tippytoes.. just after the baby had fallen to sleep, praying that we wouldn't wake it....and of course all the laughter, and clowning around that parents get to enjoy with a baby...Great HUB~~~~MFB III

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alternate poet 6 years ago Author

Thanks MFB111 - Truth to tell I loved it all - but actually I am secretly pleased that next time around my partners mother will probably take care of that giant poo and the boring in-between stuff, and I get to do just the good bits :D :D :D

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TheGlassSpider 6 years ago from On The Web

Well you've done it again. Another lovely sentiment, nostalgic moment, captured with your breath-taking flair for words. Beautiful. Thank you.

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alternate poet 6 years ago Author

Thanks TheGlassSpider *blushing*

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DomShadows 6 years ago from Zanesville, Ohio

You do have an intelligent way with words. I like this style, easy to vision, sometimes I struggle with the true meaning. To the reader anyway. good work, you're a talented word-smith.

--You know your profile stated you nudge towards love/romance poems etc... I agree with that. I really enjoy someone who can express their self with words and bare meaning. I try to lean in that semi-direction but i yield away.. Always in fact, it seems.. It's confusing to me.

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alternate poet 6 years ago Author

Domshadows - maybe it comes with age :) or maybe it is just luck in meeting the personification of every dream I ever had!

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Awful Poet 6 years ago from The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) (m-M)_0 = 18.41, or 48 kpc (~157,000

Love Where This One

Took Me! Excellent Job!

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kathy little wolf 6 years ago from Dusty Trails, Arkansas this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;)

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Sunshiney31 6 years ago

Love ,love ,love it !!! Ok I reread it and still I love it.My favorite line being the last.How wonderful...

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kitkitkitkat 6 years ago

all I can say is ahhhhhhhhhhh

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Joshua Kell 6 years ago from Arizona

Beautiful! Thank you. I live and breath for poetry.

poetlorraine 6 years ago

planning something? HERE'S to your happiness

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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

ah yes, in the days of cloth diapers and safety pins

glass bottles and long wired bristle bottle brushes

to make sure them bottles got good cleanin's

the joys and tears, with love they brought.

thanks for the memories :) loved it :) ~aloha~

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you suggest one 6 years ago from NOTTINGHAM ENGLAND

the memories you portray belong to us all,such times,my plastic circus is in full swing again,grandson six years old now,different shapes of plastic but just as much fun.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Amazing Sir! I miss those times, those early years when I really knew what was important! Thank you again!

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garynew 6 years ago from Dallas, TX and Sampran, Thailand

i love your imagery and striking usage of language, thank you

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Ah those days of shitty nappies and midnight feeds! Been there and done that three times and so "this time, not for me."

My older daughter is going to have her second later this year and so it's all over to her to keep the circus turning!

Thanks for a good read and memories flooding in!

Love and peace


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

I had to read it twice to figure it out, probably because I never had a baby, and didn't have a clue what the plastic circus was referring to initially. After reading the comments, I went back and read the poem several more times, and think I figured it out. It is about the experience of a new baby, or so it seems, and passing that experience from one generation to the next. I'm slow, but I do work at it until I grasp a meaning. Good work.

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sagbee 6 years ago from Delhi

Thats a cute baby..A nice hub with all the circus of children.. I liked it..and thanks for sharing this with us.. :)

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Polly C 6 years ago from UK

This is a lovely poem, I enjoyed it very much. You have a great way with words. And my youngest son is just starting to grow up, he has become a little boy and is no longer a baby...:)

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epigramman 6 years ago

you are alternate poet - alternate to what?

MY GOD MAN - words were born to jump into your lap and be happy and responsive!!!

Thanks also for your words of wisdom, advice and integrity.

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Nikkij504gurl 6 years ago from Louisiana

how cute and quaint

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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

The circle of life and the changing of the guard. Beautifully written. Lovely!

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ZulmaDear 6 years ago from TheCrosses, LasCruces

"glowworm gleaming" i had a glowworm as a toy growing up.. brought me back to my childhood-days. :)

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Another beautiful write. I know that circus too!

ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

I enjoy your writing style very much...........I love stumbling upon other poets hiding here and there in Hubpages. I am always looking for new horizons to discover. Beautiful poem! Voted up and beautiful!

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