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Le Cirque Noir by FractalEyes Le Cirque Noir by FractalEyes
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Carnival Nocturne
Mark Wagenaar

Peanut shells crackle beneath your pink slippers
as you pace. The players begin routines of a different sort
long after the show is over, long after the spectators
return home, their caricatures slipping from their grasp
as they unlock the front door. Teeny the strongman
is calling the torn names in the phone book
he ripped in half, as Vasserot listens outside, smoking
a cigarette with his left foot, his arms a phantom
presence he feels each time he reaches for another can
of peaches. Karlov the Great has gone to bed
regretting his dinner, three light bulbs & a seven foot
feathered boa, while in the next room Madame Sossman
is about to win a red nose & a pair of floppy shoes,
unless Noodles can beat three Hangmans.
Monsieur LeBeau stands in the big tent, still listening
to the cheers of the departed crowd. His daughter
won't return his phone calls, but tomorrow
will bring a new town, with a different name & story,
where anything is possible, & tonight the stars' white flames
burn on their blue wicks—she's out there, somewhere,
the one you left behind on the Serengeti, in the night
that paces in a circle with its one black shoe, beneath wires
no one will ever see, the sickle moons ivory
as beautiful as your tusks once were.
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mzy82 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014

Most of the characters in this have been lifted from a rather famous sonnet by Archibald MacLeish, titled "The End of the World" -- LeBeau appears courtesy of Shakespeare, a minor character in As You Like It.  The title seemed familiar as well, and going online

I found out why:

"Carnival Nocturne Storefront Theater  66 E. Randolph St Chicago Silent Theatre Company welcomes visitors into the mysterious underground world of a traveling carnival. In the midst of fire breathers, fortune tellers, bestial tamers and natural freaks, a somber secret lies – a curse that binds them all together. With a live band and physical acts of carnival performance, this original dark fable by Gillian Hastings combines the styles of Tim Burton and Edward Gorey in a thrilling and enchanting ride through a world of whimsy and macabre.

Presented by Silent Theatre Company

Thru - Dec 20, 2009"

Here's the MacLeish poem --

The End of the World

Quite unexpectedly, as Vasserot
The armless ambidextrian was lighting
A match between his great and second toe,
And Ralph the lion was engaged in biting
The neck of Madame Sossman while the drum
Pointed, and Teeny was about to cough
In waltz-time swinging Jocko by the thumb
Quite unexpectedly to top blew off:

And there, there overhead, there, there hung over
Those thousands of white faces, those dazed eyes,
There in the starless dark, the poise, the hover,
There with vast wings across the cancelled skies,
There in the sudden blackness the black pall
Of nothing, nothing, nothing -- nothing at all.

akela9 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Wonderful. Love the colors and the composition!
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much. :juggle:
lgmac Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, Lauren. :iconjuggleplz:
KPEKEP Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :juggle: :bow:
catelee2u Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :iconrgbemotejugglerplz:
LaPurr Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Instead of a circus, I saw the morning-after detritus of a wild party! :party: :drunk: :dance: :flirty:
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