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"Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all Ages. Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth!"

Updated on July 29, 2015


tongue- tied

Or so you would think

If you only see the outside

For there is a parade

Of sorts for whom

I, alone watch from my insides

A majorette carrying a baton

Leads Noah’s pairs

In a circle around a ring

Maybe, more like a circus

Than a parade

Words now not so easy

I see them but cannot reach

“Think. Think.”

I hear the acrobat sing,

“If I can swing from the rafters

Surely, you can think.

Just words-

for Leo’s sake.”

Monkeys run

hop and climb

but the words

get all jumbled up in my mind

Living, breathing words

tumbling to get out

of the tented corral

cotton without its candy

Wanting nothing more

than to get far, faraway

from the annoying clown

spreading face paint all over town

A spectator

Trying to make sense

Of the reasons why

I am tongue-tied

Where did all those ideas go?

They were here moments ago?

I never could juggle

But I wasn’t slow


Now I do not speak

For I am afraid

Someone will say,

Hey! Hey You! You are Crazy!

“Who are you to think:

You get to watch the parade;

You get to jump through the ring;

You get to shout, dance and sing!”

Why didn’t you fight

when you saw the end was near?

Why did you allow

insecurities to heighten your fear?

What happened to that girl

you once knew

who could speak her mind

and convince you, too?

Posters plaster

everywhere you look

if you need a dose of

“You Can Do IT!”

Check out face book!

While a reflection -

Still not a mirror

So you can relate

But still have fears

someone will see you

sitting all alone

see the circus circling in your head

Call the doctor, increase your meds

think maybe its time

to do it again

Send you back

to the wired-fenced inn

'Spose just as good a place as any

when you no longer speak

are tongue-tied

and a little crazy…


© 2015 ocfireflies


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    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you never feels like it is enough.

      It is such a wonderful feeling when you feel like others "get" you.



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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Just revisited this one, Kim. Aren't we all tongue-tied at one time or another? We can't get out what we need to say. The parade-I alone watch from my insides. There is sometimes a circus in our heads but we are not crazy! Another poignant write from you, Kim. Beautiful.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from North Carolina

      Kevin and Jackie,

      Thank you for your kind words and support. I really appreciate the ups, tweets and shares.



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      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This so deep Kim; I wish I had words fitting to praise it. It is a masterpiece you should be proud of; how about that? Up and sharing.

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      The Examiner-1 

      3 years ago

      It was a great show Kim. That was really moving to read. I voted up, shared and Tweeted it.


    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from North Carolina


      You are the best. Thank you for commenting on my work.



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      Devika Primić 

      3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You used an interesting title and brought out the true meaning. Greatly written.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from North Carolina


      Publishing a collection of my poetry would be a dream come true. Thank you for supporting me and making me think I do have it in me.

      BIG HUGS!

      Always Blessings,


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      Suzette Walker 

      3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Oh my goodness! One greT poem after another. Io e the metaphor of the circus and the images you weave with uoit words. I've cotton without the candy. The dichotomy of your words and images are so unique and creative. Another great write and you must publish a collection iof your poetry.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you for being so supportive and for the vote.


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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Who among us aren't little crazy? What a wonderful poem and commentary of what it is like for many of us, ( especially those who suffer some form of mental disorder )feeling like an exhibit in a freak show or performer in a circus of the Greatest Show on Earth. On display for spectators to judge and laugh at. Wonderful expressive words. Voted up.

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from North Carolina


      If I knew how to speak 100 languages, I would say, "Thank You" in all of them. Coming from a friend and such an accomplished poet, you could not have said anything more beautiful. I am so lucky and so blessed.


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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      3 years ago from Reno NV

      Kim, the first line "tongue-tied" is an act of magic. You have lifted this curtain into the struggle written about in the poem. It is like a perfect moment in theatre when the script and direction work in unison to create a moment of emotional power. BOOM, hear me roar. You have achieved some great moments of poetic power with true feeling and honest emotion as the engine behind the vehicle. Kim I read your poem as more than a confessional piece of work but a well thought out moment of art to cherish. Thank you. Jamie

    • ocfireflies profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from North Carolina


      I respectfully accept your compliment and giving you my heartfelt thanks for bestowing me with such an honor.


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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are the poet I wish I could be. I mean that with the greatest respect.



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