Dismal Morningstars (Lady on a Wire#17)

(Lady on a Wire and Mike Zone Collaboration)

geometric shapes

written out in morning stars

testing time through

the burning hourglass

messages hidden in

flying trapeze acts

goth clowns raising havoc

on the tightrope

chasing the dark

through paranormal glances

sideshow headliners

steal the souls of onlookers

winter chills

silent screams

summersault through

the burning ash of dreams

puppeteers stretching truths

in this museum of the dead

the world waits for a new

cabaret to turn

lady on a wire

mr. zone

magicians of the darkness

owning the limelight

with graveyard antics

they don’t play with

with disjointed fools

come one, come all

this is nothing short

of a three-ring affair

desperate jesters, unicycle monkeys

junkies for the thrill

all try to play along

with their own dismal stars

snow begins to fall

coating the big top

like a weighted blanket

exhausting the spell to

hypnotize the masses

time ends eventually

light fades

blackness falls

leaving silence between

unmeasured fault lines

until the next day comes

(C) S. Lynette, 2023 (from Razorville)

Author: Lady on a Wire

Shannon Lynette is a poetess who resides in Albany, New York. She is the author of the titles A Place with No Name (2003), Lady on a Wire (2012), and Awkward Years (2022). Her work has also appeared in varies anthologies.

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