I was raised in Africa: a childhood spent running wild and barefoot in sunny scrubland. I now live in Swindon, UK, dividing my time between web page development, freelance writing, and opera singing. The call of Africa, however, is never far away. I love writing and especially enjoy daft poetry (the dafter the better!).
The Circus Comes To Town
The circus is here! Let's all give a cheer
As the Big Top arrives in our town.
There's a strong man and acrobats... a fat lady too!
Not to mention Bobo the clown.
Look close! If you try, then perhaps you will spy
Fat Lady and Bobo link arms.
And it's true when I say it's a year to the day
Since she first gave in to his charms.
Their romance was known, to have 'specially grown
Since he asked her out on a date.
And their love was so strong, I wrote them this song
For as a couple there's none quite so great!
Now look over there! It's the town's Mayor.
He wants the circus to join him for tea.
"Come for drinks and meal! Yes, even the seal!"
"We'll all get as drunk as can be."
Later that night, you would be quite right
If you thought Bobo seemed to be swaying.
He'd drunk his way through ten big bottles of brew
Thank the Lord it's the Mayor who'll be paying.
We asked Bobo to stop after ten bottles of pop
But the clown just laughed and made mockery.
He juggled some knives and we feared for our lives,
So we shielded ourselves with the crockery.
He hadn't rehearsed and we all feared the worst,
But Fat Lady believed in her clown.
So she moved much too late and (from under a plate)
I saw a knife come a-tumbling down.
We heard a loud bang and there was one less in our gang!
We gasped and stared at the knife.
Bobo's blade had been dropped and its sharpness had popped,
The lady who lights up his life.
Sad beyond measure at the loss of his treasure,
Bobo sat down and started to cry.
But two moments later, up hurried the waiter
With a glint of fun in his eye.
"Forget all your fears! There's no need for tears!"
He said, with a comforting glow.
With a hop and a jump, he whipped out a pump
And attached it ... you don't want to know.
Bobo watched him, aghast, as with each gaseous blast,
Lady expanded a little bit more.
And we all were elated, once she'd been inflated.
We'd got back the girl we adore!
Through tears of relief, Bobo shook off his grief.
With a smile, he went down on one knee.
Lady gasped in surprise as he looked deep into her eyes
And asked her: "Please, marry me?"
So come the whole town! Come hurry on down!
To see the Lady accept Bobo's ring.
Watch the seal catch his ball and, best of all,
You can hear the Fat Lady sing.
©2015 Mark Farley