A Third Choice

The circus is closed this year
All the clowns are gone
We all don our masks

Learn the difference
Between a clown and a fool
Clowns know and give silent stares
Fools ask and never hear

I’ve played the clown
And more a fool
To find neither wins

But I found grace
A rising tide
Hope transcends


Dversepoets.com  The word is ‘clown’. I never really had a problem with clowns. I know many do. As I read their history I realize what creepy deceptive distractions they are, and they walk among us.



About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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8 Responses to A Third Choice

  1. Lucy says:

    Beautiful poem! I love the layers here.


  2. msjadeli says:

    Mary, your poem has the feel of a riddle to it that makes me want to know more.


  3. kim881 says:

    An honest contemporary poem, Mary. So much that we took for granted is closed to us at the moment which, together with the wearing of masks, gives us the opportunity to learn the difference between a clown and a fool’. I’m thankful for the hopeful ending.


  4. hank77 says:


    But I found grace
    A rising tide
    Hope transcends

    Yes, Mary, with all the sadness pain and gloom let’s hope things will be good again and back to the old normal!



  5. I think we have all put ourselves in the role of the fool or the clown. It is whether or not we see it at some point.


  6. Helen Dehner says:

    Yes, clowns walk among us … many of them. I enjoyed reading your poem.


  7. Bam! So much” wisdom in your poem, Mary!
    “Clowns know and give silent stares
    Fools ask and never hear”


  8. Between the clown and the fool… I wonder what is really sanity these days.


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