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Step Right Up, It's Showtime Folks!

Updated on May 27, 2022
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Artist, actor, poet, teacher, songwriter & actor with 4,000 poems & almost 1,000 songs written, performed recorded & published on line.

It's a really great show

Ladies And Jellymen, Please look to the center ring for a grand review

Step right up it's showtime folks!!!'

As a poet the world
to me is a circus 
a carnival...a carousel
of swirling colors... 
an endless fair that
isn't always fair at all.
A daily parade of
acts that often
shock or make me laugh 
or sometimes cause 
me to weep
and many that make me
sit in awe and wonder??
There are so many
vivid mouth watering smells 
that you can almost taste,
like those stomach gnawing 
scents of carnival food
wafting through the 
propellers of a fan
on a hot August day.
There is a calliope
of sound as well... 
both pleasing,
and jangling to the ears.
My daily walks through
my life's midway offers me
tantalizing temptations
presented in good taste.
Like the tang of
salt water taffy 
or the sweet melted
fibers of cotton candy 
a kiss on the spur
of the moment 
a night out with old friends 
a child's hand holding
tightly onto my finger 
plus so much more.
Then there are the
many chances to grab 
the brass ring...
to win the big prize 
to take it all for nothing.
But life's midway 
also delivers up bad tastes...
a host of loud mouth carnies 
shouting from all sides,
at the rube of my soul.
Blatantly announcing
all the latest
that is available to endure.
Those endless carnal acts...
children abused, wives's beaten...
babies murdered..dirty bombs 
corrupt governments...demon priests...
and the haunting vaporization
of almost 3,000 souls...
exploded into 20,000 pieces 
like the balloons that catch darts
in the gaming booths.
As a poet I hold a
front row seat..where I sit 
and contemplate the
three rings before me 
those rings of past...
present..and future 
then of course I feebly
attempt to turn 
the scenes that I've
observed into words 
that when read by others
will become pictures 
again clearly seen
A poet is not only a spectator...
but a performer as well. 
sometimes a contortionist bending
words and twisting meanings 
into convoluted shapes..
different from normal language 
but that often make more sense.
And poets with their
heads in the clouds 
are akin to hi-wired artists...
with their fragile egos 
balanced precariously on
the lines they've created 
that will never
realistically support them 
yet still they inch forward
across the blank spaces...
filling it with their 
daring attempts
to express and impress.
Poets are also Vendors...
hawking their bright and colorful 
balloons of thought 
to the masses.... 
Though many of these escape
the grasps of others minds 
and float high above
thier comprehension. 
but many more are grasped
in the same manner as a 
5 year old child holds a
bright red balloon with a grin 
plastered on his face...
watching it bob and dance 
at the end of each line.
A poet can also be
clown-like in their efforts 
similar to 40 clowns
in a Volkswagen...poets try 
to squeeze all the emotions
of one moment into 4 stanzas.
Poets can be clowns who paint
smiles or frowns on others faces 
drawing out expressions..
eliciting joy..exaggerating 
life in an over-sized way...
like the shoes of Emmett Kelly 
Presenting all of life's peculiarities
in a simple easy to understand way.
A poet specializes in admissions 
and offers tickets to
a whole new world... 
a chance to enjoy 
the viewpoints
of another perspective 
to look through 
someone elses
rose colored glasses.
A poet is a ringmaster
who paints vivid scenarios of 
all that was and is and will be...
offering a selection 
of fine artistic endeavors...
that allows you to choose 
which ones you'd
prefer to view or ignore.
So kick off your shoes...
grab yourself some 
freshly popped 
or sweetly swirled...
then step into
"My" big top.
Feel that sawdust
between your toes..
there's a seat 
reserved for you here...
in one of the front rows.
Just sit a spell...
while I display
and script the things life 
taught me on the way
through its hoops
Let the words tumble..
leap and cavort
across your view 
Let them move
and shake you...
or bring tears
and whimsical smiles...
and guffaws of laughter.
Step right up folks!!!
The show starts in a few minutes 
right here on this site...
over 1,682 acts carefully crafted 
in talent gathered here
and assembled for your perusal..
Smell the grease paint...
hear the roar of the crowd 
watch the beasts of creativity
leap from their mental blocks 
The whole shebang is only
available for a short while 
in the grand scheme of eternity...

© 2009 Matthew Frederick Blowers III


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