Come One, Come All

      by Michael Dylan Welch, Margaret Rutley, and Sidney Bending

First published in Frogpond 43:3, Fall 2020, page 84. Originally written in September and October of 2018.

circus tent rises
in a farmer’s fallow field
darting swallows                                                              Michael

        stumbling through his first show
        tightrope walker                                                      Margaret

come one, come all
a bareback rider
spins somersaults                                                            Sidney

        the tiger snarls
        at the monkey’s sequined fez                            Michael

a turbaned trainer
closes his eyes
under the elephant’s foot                                           Margaret

        giraffe heads above
        a fading caravan                                                       Sidney