Between angels and elephants,
sparrows atop the tent poles
and tigers on two-foot stools,
is the acrobat.
Not bird, nor magician,
she starts in sawdust,
but circuses have ladders.
Every act involves a first time
and a thousandth.
Smell the blood and popcorn;
believe it matters what you do--
the merest sparrow is one part angel;
women and tigers...two.
Exactly sixty words for Mama Zen's "Words Count."
Image: "Circus Girl Smokes While Rehearsing Her Stunts", Nina Leen 1949.
The picture made me think of the film Wings Of Desire ("Der Himmel Uber Berlin") in which two angels wander post-war Berlin. One of them falls in love with a circus trapeze artist, and wishes to become mortal so that they can be together. Because of copyright restrictions, I can't post the trailer on the blog, and so I provide a link HERE. It will open in a new window, so you don't have to leave this page in order to view it.