Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Morning Poetry

when the circus came to town

Circus of Heaven

The day the Circus of Heaven came to town
Local folks lined the streets in a Midwestern town
Waiting anxiously for the parade to begin all around
On the very last day
A unicorn headed the mystical way
Surrounded by what seemed a thousand golden angels at play
Behind were Centaurs, elves, bright fairies all in colours of jade
On the very final day
For what seemed only just a moment in time
Seven solemn flying silvered regal horses rode by
Seven golden chariots in tow, a wonder to behold
The Seven Lords of the Mountains of Time
There then arose where nothing really stood there before
A giant tent rising one thousand feet high from the floor
Towns people flocked inside with their eyes all amazed
To greet the Seventh Lord of the seventh age
A fanfare rang out in an incredible sound
Bringing out the strangest visions perfect harmony round
Any dreams he asked would they like to have seen

From historical or mythical scenes
Then there above their heads just as vivid as life
Each vision transported multitudes inventing light
Grecian galleons, the sack of Troy, to the Gardens of Babylon
A play of millions roared along
The gigantic dreams of Alexander the Great
Civil wars where brothers fought and killed their friendship with hate
All seen by Zeus performing scenes in the magical way
The day the circus came to town
Outside great animals as tame as the trees
Angels high in starlight dancing streets
Turning their colours with indigo and gold
Dropping violet, red and emerald snow
As the circus finally changed its invisible course
A new world to be found
On the dreamy ground we walked upon
I turned to my son and said
"Was that something beautiful, amazing, wonderful, extraordinary
"Oh! It was OK!! But there were no clowns, no tigers, lions or bears,
candy-floss, toffee apples, no clowns."
~ Jon Anderson of Yes


tracy said...


HKatz said...

Some of the language and cadence of this poem reminds me of Tolkien.

And I like the final lines very much.

Thanks for sharing this.

Jeanne said...

Much love and many blessings
I have missed you
Love Jeanne

amelia said...

What a perfect photo for this poem--love it!

Hindsfeet said...

i suppose I'm seeing what I need to see, but do you think the message here is to be lighthearted? To not lose our childhood simplicity where our faith is concerned.......

.....i hope that's what it's saying...

suzyQ said...

i love your sunday morning poetry. always. and the picture is so perfect and special!

Patti said...

Wow! And YES!! Loved this!

susanna said...

You know, I'm with Hindsfeet...I hope the message is about enjoying simplicity whether it's at a fair or in the every day. But I also think that it's good to know about the characters and sights from the stories referred to in the over-the-top circus.

Also, I'm glad that the son didn't ask afterwards, "Can I play on my Wii now?"


susanna said...

I meant to write...enjoying the simple things...

Jeanie said...

Oh, Relyn, this is a wonderful one -- and a wonderful photo, too!

Ms. K @ Write On Thyme said...

Had to read that twice and still amazed. Love your poetry sharing! Can't wait for the next one. Hope all is magnificent in your world!

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