The Cloaked Monk’s,, MarchChallenge prompt for the 28th is, “Circus.”

Calliope was the daughter of the Greek god Zeus. She was the goddess of music, song and dance, and is the eldest of the muses, known during the renaissance as the muse of epic poetry. Through music, she is associated with the circus.

The early circuses used to begin by a parade down the main street to announce their arrival. These parades were often led by a steam-powered calliope playing music from a wagon towed by horses or a steam engine. The calliope whistles were loud enough to attract the whole town. I remember a circus coming through town when I was a child, and I still remember the blare of the calliope.



Image by Wikipedia

The clowns are yelling
o’er the calliope’s tweet
A life’s memory

Under the big top
The circus thrills the children
Wonders in three rings.

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8 Responses to CALLIOPE

  1. A wonderful land of merry maddness! Good write brother!

  2. Tilly Bud says:

    Love this linked haiku and the story behind it.

  3. vivinfrance says:

    The two haiku, inextricably linked with the prose, are a lovely evocation.

  4. ladynimue says:

    wonderfully done !

  5. Pingback: March 28: Circus | Cloaked Monk's Blog

  6. therummaker says:

    liked the story and the haiku..very interesting

  7. Becca Givens says:

    How did I miss this entry … charmingly done: history, two Haiku verses linked with the vintage image! Bravo!

  8. trisha says:

    thanks for sharing the tradition and the mythology mike. they both are splendid.

    here in small towns they fly a huge air balloon with the name of the circus and during night they throw light beams (visible from far away) aiming sky.


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