They said my cousin
ran away with the circus.
“Mum, I’ve had enough,
So I’m going to go
play with the lions.”
I on the other hand
would rather believe he ran away to be a star.
Sometimes I was the only one
who knew how caged up he had felt.
It made sense that he had
wanted to be in the spotlight.
They said my cousin ran away with the circus.
What fun to see all of the beautiful colors,
elegance and challenge of the fine acrobats!
My mum once said,
“It’s just one big happy freak show!
Only one out of their right mind
would want to join the circus!”
I applauded my cousin.
It was about time someone was smart enough
to leave this bland of a small town.
Too many lawyers…
too many police…
Too much gossip.
Others go to bed –
while some may not even sleep!
My cousin ran away with the circus…
How I wish I had his heart and courage
to follow a wild and crazy dream!
My mum said,
“Now don’t you be
thinking anything weird!
You certainly don’t want
to grow up to be like your cousin!”
So I thought to myself
No- I certainly don’t.
Last night, I ran away
to be with the gypsies.
They all say my cousin
is back from the circus.
I heard he was a star.
© Ariana R. Cherry
Excerpt from the book “Down The Rabbit Hole”
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