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Peanuts and Popcorn

Updated on August 16, 2014
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The man juggling chainsaws

has become less interesting

with every visit

so that now

even the mime

in his invisible box

is an attraction worth observing

until of course, I waver

only able to watch

his white gloved hands

imitate a square

so many times

before I continue following

the dangling carrot of need,

the need

of having my fancy tickled,

at seeing three headed snakes pickled

behind freak show curtains

where my cravings are sated

and I have myself berated

my weakness for whimsy

and coaxed myself home

following the trail

of empty peanut shells

flights of fancy

best laid plans

and the slimy path of a snail

past the bus stop

where a fat man

fans himself

with a McDonalds coupon

Peanuts, popcorn, get your popcorn heeya!

Ah, the freaks inside

their invisible boxes

and do not even realize it.

They are the most pitiful of all

I think to myself

and then hurry my step

remembering that it is time

to feed my taxidermied cat

some peanuts, popcorn

and the white gloved hand of a mime.

Finally home

I lounge in front of my broken TV,

the one that is crooked

and has no screen

but it does not matter,

I am an educated man,

I have Dante’s Inferno

which I wedge under one corner

straightening the boob tube

so I can watch my lava lamp

warming up in the center

like a hobo round a fire

heating beans in the winter

in an invisible box,

where an orange glob floats.

I rise to draw the curtains

against the whimsical stares

of those whose fancy is tickled

and have grown tired

with the man juggling chainsaws

and a mime who is mired

and have come to the only place left

that they possibly know

to peek behind my curtains

into the freak show.

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      Sunny River 3 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      Oh wow! What a cool perspective and a very interesting twist on things. Great poem. :)

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      Vickiw 3 years ago

      Very nice, Wayne. Need some new decor ? And I am sorry about your cat. Lovely twisted poem .

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      Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Twisted is probably the word, Wayne. But then I love twisted; the mundane can be as boring as hell. Well done my friend.

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      Cat 3 years ago from New York

      Yup, now I know you're the man for me, what a lovely story :D

      Actually, this is awesome; in it's unique Wayne Barrett kind of way. I'm still amazed at the magic you create when you put a pen in your hand... or fingers on the keyboard.... or a paintbrush to canvas... and you're musically inclined too? Geesh! I guess I really should be honored to play at the same park! :D

      Awesome, Wayne!!!

      Cat

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      LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wow! I echo everybody's sentiment here! But, in its own right, it's beautiful :)

      Wonderfully written.... Enjoyed it! Voting up, AB!

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      The need to be fulfilled.. and yet we tire of the same old same old what a different perspective in poetry motion voted up and different :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, Wayne. Talk about being on the outside looking in! At first this poem reminded me of two insurance commercials. One is Progressive where a man is juggling 3 running chainsaws and the other (I forget the company) has a talking mime in it. Then you got more and more freaky and I didn't know what to think! Love the lava lamp, tho. Tee hee.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Sunny River. I appreciate the compliment.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks for the visit Vicki. It's good to see you again.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Tony, thank you very much my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Cat, as always, you're too kind. I sincerely appreciate the visits to my hubs ( freak shows) and for all you compliments. Thank you very much!

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      Rose Maun 3 years ago from the sunny state of California

      Wow that was amazing to read i liked every bit of it. Thank You :) i liked how you mentioned Dante's Inferno and then used it to wedge underneath furniture. very cool and different.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      La Thing, I appreciate the compliment and the vote!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Frank.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Brilliant! Awesome tangled trait of a poem and quite compelling!

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      Vincent Moore 3 years ago

      You don't have to go to a circus to see a freak show, just follow me around my city on any given night in my patrol car and you will see all the freaks come out to play, like vermin they slither out of the cracks they hide in. They sleep during the day, coked and cracked up to come out at night to cause the havoc they do. I loved all your twisted verses, you command of the macabre, your gusto with verse, man you are just all that, a GREAT POET, the truth is out, but heck you knew that all along my friend. Voted way up, tweeted and shared.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      just wondering what the taxidermied cat does with those peanuts, exactly?

      lol..

      i have never ever entered one of 'those' tents - they may not know how pathetic it is - but i do..

      and clearly - you do as well..

      we're all our own little freak show, aren't we? sigh..

      great imagination, great message, great poetry, Wayno!

      sharing...

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Sha. Always glad to see you.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Rose. I appreciate the visit.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful poem Wayne and thank you for sharing.

      Eddy.,

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Cris.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Vincent, it sounds as if you work in a similar surrounding as I do. The things I see on a daily basis would shock many people, but I grown so accustomed to it that I hardly notice anymore. And then there's us! Lol. Oh, and I can juggle too.

      Thanks for the visit, and thank you for all the support!

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      Nikkij504gurl 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Amazing! Brilliant poem, simply genious, you are a very talented poet. You're words are powerful and full of deeper meaning and wisdom. We are all a bit of a freak, some more than others, some just dont know it, and some embrace it with all they have. We are all damaged but any broken thing can be fixed with care and effort and time. Lets join the circus, we are all attractions in this freak show called life.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi Leslie. Great to see you here behind the curtain of my craziness. I appreciate the visit and the kind compliments.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I looked at my nose in the mirror while reading this. What a freak show! Actually I am kind of handsome. But only in a narrow focus sort of way. This hub was very good for my perspective. Fit right in with billybuc's on perspective today.

      Thank you very much. I will return here to ponder more. I reckon that is the best compliment I can give.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Eddy. I'm glad you enjoyed my craziness.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I believe you just described the world I live in and my neighbors one and all.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you again Nikki. Yep, sometimes you just need to put the red nose on and be yourself!

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Lol. Eric, returning here could become addictive. Look over your shoulder from time to time; if you're leaving a trail of peanut shells...hmm.

      Thanks for the visit buddy.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Rasma. I think all of us have a little crazy going on in our lives.

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      Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

      I feel like I just shared a smoke with Rod Serling and heard him mumbling about Wayne Barrett trapped in infinity with an insane mime clamoring to get out of an invisible box so that he can watch the man juggling chain saws possibly cut off one of his arms. Yep, your poem surely took me there and it is a masterpiece my friend...just excellent. ~WB

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Wayne I'm glad to see you pop into hubpages to visit my craziness. It's always a pleasure to hear from you, Mr Brown!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Even the severely crooked need a release in the world of the oddly unsteady. Take your pill now.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Okay Deb, the daily dose is down. : )

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      mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

      Very interesting. I wonder if we all feel that way at times. I know I do.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Mylinda. I'm sure we have all felt this way from time to time.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Wayne,

      Glad dear Nellieanna introduced me to you. This poem is amazing. I aspire to be even a fraction as talented. Your descriptions and insight blow me away. Awesome! I'm now a follower.

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      Wayne Barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Jodah. That is a very kind compliment.

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