Nights at the Circus II – Georgiann Carlson

there wasn’t a single thing about going to a circus that she liked
and she really hated going to the circus at night
night was creepy enough
without adding clowns to the mix
she hated the way the animals were forced to work
and do things animals weren’t meant to do
all for the benefit of humans
she really hated that
so she dressed in black
pulled her hair into a pony tail
and clipped it with a silver rune
then she left
for an evening performance of 
she arrived 
and walked past the box office
no one could see her 
I mean she was a witch
after all
so she started to chant
she chanted for the elephants
for the lions and tigers 
and for the monkeys
she chanted for all of the animals
then she blew silver dust over the main ring
and closed her eyes
reaching for the earth
when the show started
everyone was surprised to see
the animals in charge
and the humans bowing under the whips
as they ran in circles
stood on their toes
and jumped through hoops
that were set on fire
the show was wonderful
and when it was over and the humans
were put into their CAGES
she sent all of the animals to beautiful
nature preserves 
where they would be loved
well cared for
and free
for the rest of their lives
as for the humans
they’re still in their cages
so they can see how the other half lives
and atone for their crimes
against nature
Photo:  Gabor Barbely

I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

8 thoughts on “Nights at the Circus II – Georgiann Carlson

  1. This was awesome! I love the idea of having the animals in charge. It really is sad seeing animals forced to perform for our selfish enjoyment. A good documentary you might be interested in is blackfish if you haven’t already watched. Last I checked it’s on Netflix


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