lost childhood

trained to perfection


in tents with holes


looks wistfully

at the pampered child

in the first row

badgering his parents

for some more popcorn


while the artist

earns bread

for the family

left behind in a remote village


Come to the Circus at Poetics in dVerse


6 thoughts on “Claustrophobic

    1. Circus is now practically extinct. Earlier there was a village from where a majority of these artists came. They could not work beyond a certain age, or a woman had to take maternity breaks, and the older child took over. They were not given options. It was like an ancestral profession they continued. And some of them were born in the circus troupes, and did not know a life outside.


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