The Cloaked Monk’s, http://cloakedmonk.com/, 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.
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.