Clowns

Say No To Clowns

Red Nose Day

What are your thoughts on clowns?

I love clowns and still remember feelings of excitement when, as a young child, the circus rolled into town. Sitting at the ringside watching them with their large feet and red noses, driving square wheeled cars and wetting audiences with their buckets of confetti. What more could a young boy ask for?

Clowns appear to be having a hard time at the moment with movies like Stephen King’s “It” and the series, American Horror Story. But relax you Coulrophics out there, today’s post isn’t about the joy of clowns, it’s the opposite and a journey Down Under to one of my favourite places on the internet, the “Say No To Clowns” blog, written and hosted by the talented Vanessa.

Some of you may already be aware of Vanessa’s blog, but for those of you who haven’t been there it is well worth a visit. Her self-description of being, “just a girl standing in front of a salad, asking it to be a donut,” gives you an insight of the humour, mind bendiness (is this a real word) and talent on offer with Vanessa’s brand of writing and poetry.

What I love about her work is she squeezes every ounce out of a post and the title, tags, art, music and writing all come together to give your brain a good workout. Vanessa’s poetry is the kind you need to sit with for a few days and her posts always draw you back looking for another clue or another piece of the jigsaw. For an old Detective they are a blessing, a bit like pulling the pieces together in a complicated case.

I could go on all day about Vanessa and her writing, but rather than wasting time reading me blabbering on why not pay her blog a visit and discover the magic yourself.

Here’s the link – Say No To Clowns– have a great Thursday.

Send in the Clowns

 

clownsIllustration Credit: Ben Smith

The World Clown Association is up in arms.

A recent outbreak of anti-social behaviour, in various countries, by people dressed as clowns is tarnishing their professional image. (This doesn’t include the ones in the British Parliament, or over in the USA, currently involved in the Clinton / Trump Circus.)

These outbreaks are worrying me. I have always held a close affection for clowns. It stems from my childhood days watching them running around the circus throwing buckets of confetti at unsuspecting audiences.

Clowns first appeared in the Fifth dynasty of ancient Egypt and, through time, have provided much material for writers and poets. Fool characters named Clown appear in Shakespeare’s Othello and A Winter’s Tale. Dame Edith Sitwell’s, Clown Houses and Vachel Lindsay’s, The Angel and the Clown, are famous examples of poetry with clowns as the focus. Perhaps the most famous Clown poem is,  A Clown’s Prayer, the writer unknown.

“As I stumble through this life,
Help me to create more laughter than tears,
Dispense more happiness than gloom,
Spread more cheer than despair.

Never let me become so indifferent,
That I will fail to see the wonder