BE A CLOWN!
"ATTENTION! ATTENTION! IF YOU
BOYS AND GIRLS! LADIES AND
WITH GREAT PLEASURE AND WITH
WE PRESENT TO YOU OUR MAIN EVENT!"
With that, the clowns came tumbling out,
Each one funnier than the other,
There must have been a dozen of them,
Stumbling over one another.
Little boys' eyes lit up,
And Little girls stared in awe,
Pointing, squealing, giggling, shrieking
At every silly clown they saw.
They were big and little, thin and fat,
Midget-short and giant-tall,
Little folks fell in love with them,
And big folks were enthralled.
They wore purple poke-a-dotted vests,
And chartreuse pantaloons,
Yellow socks with zigzag stripes,
And crazy hats with orange plumes.
They had red noses and red cheeks
On faces painted white,
Their hair was lavender and pink,
HO HO! What a funny sight!
They romped around the circus ring,
With Chihuahua pups on sturdy ropes,
They balanced on the handle bars,
Of bicycles with flashing spokes.
We cheered, we shouted, and we clapped
Until the tears rolled down our cheeks,
We giggled and we laughed so hard
Our tummies became weak.
No wonder, the ambition
Of every kid in town
Was to run away from home,
And become a circus clown.
And sometimes even grown-ups
Said they'd throw everything away,
If fate somehow would let them
Be a clown for just a day.
I think that clowns are angels,
Appointees of the Lord's,
And the more laughter that they foster,
The greater their reward.
Laughter is the Lord's prescription,
For healing woeful souls,
And clowns are God's physicians,
To help achieve those goals.
So when we smile and laugh a bit,
Let others join in,
Be a clown, my caring friend,
And share a giggle and a grin.
Virginia (Ginny) Ellis
Copyright April 2004