My Plea

Clown me, please.
Paint a smile on my face
and give me huge clodhoppers.
Stomp with me through muck and lies.
This bulbous red nose?
Not from weeping.
It toots raucously –
my exclamation point
to your inane arguments.
Living in this three-ring circus
it’s the only way to survive.
Clown me, please.

Written for Tuesday Poetics at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets across the globe. Today we’re asked to write a poem that somehow uses the word “clown” or deals with a clown. Image from

21 thoughts on “My Plea

  1. Lucy August 18, 2020 / 3:51 pm

    Oh, this is great. I love the wording you chose. “Clown me” is excellent. Brilliant piece!


    • lillian August 18, 2020 / 4:01 pm

      Thank you, Lucy! So glad you enjoyed. One of my favorite things to do is to verbify — using nouns as a verb. “Clown me” came to me as soon as I read the prompt so I went with it. 🙂

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  2. msjadeli August 18, 2020 / 4:00 pm

    I like how you use the clown gear to cut through the …. we face today.

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  3. Jane Dougherty August 18, 2020 / 4:17 pm

    I’m not a clown fan. There’s something tragic about the buffoon who exists simply to make people laugh. I know, there are people who we laugh at because they are genuinely ridiculous…


  4. Glenn A. Buttkus August 18, 2020 / 5:16 pm

    Remember Jane, comedy is based in fear; we laugh because we relate or are jubilant tragedy is not happening to us. Both you and I were on the same wave length today. So I clown you “poet of the day”, and long may you reign.


  5. Ron. August 18, 2020 / 7:33 pm

    Love this piece, Lillian. We’re on the same vibe plane tonight, I think…


  6. Grace August 18, 2020 / 8:47 pm

    I will clown along with you. Take care.


  7. kim881 August 19, 2020 / 2:38 am

    I like the circularity of this poem, Lill, like the circus ring where the clown is mostly found, and his big round nose. But I’m with Jane and Björn, I am scared of them and sorry, as Jane says, for the buffoon who exists simply to make people laugh. I also agree with Glenn about comedy being based in fear, that we laugh because something is not happening to us.


  8. hank77 August 19, 2020 / 5:18 am


    Living in this three-ring circus
    it’s the only way to survive.
    Clown me, please.

    Yes, Lillian, with all these pandemic thing the circus might just offer a respite to all the sadness and gloom!



  9. autumn August 19, 2020 / 10:29 am

    “Clown me, please.”

    Oh my gosh, I love that. So clever.


  10. Mary (tqhousecat) August 19, 2020 / 10:53 am

    It definitely is a “mask” we all choose to wear to soothe what hurts. I love your word choices


  11. Stine Writing August 19, 2020 / 1:43 pm

    That is a creepy picture. I definitely don’t want to be “clowned”. That is a nightmare to me.


  12. Helen Dehner August 19, 2020 / 5:58 pm

    What a great piece of clown art …. with a poem to match.


  13. areadingwriter August 20, 2020 / 3:15 am

    ah! clever way of turning the word into a verb. felt the desperation, Lillian. heartfelt.


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