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Emmett's Last Honor

Kenneth, loves satire and writings to spotlight others, but he also has an "addiction" so to speak, to dramatic and abstract/prose poetry.

Kay Hernan and Emmett Kelly Palm Beach, Florida in 1948.

Kay Hernan and Emmett Kelly Palm Beach, Florida in 1948.

Just a ragged clown only one I am
Only known in few hamlets in and mostly dirty towns.
Life is but an obscurity--peace be knownst to me
I seldom see, really see, the you that exists in thee.

Just a sad, lonely clown with rags for coats
And tears for motes, I walk in lonely light of gray.
Only a wind-up, cheap toy store clown
Only one I am falling up, but mostly down.

Never knew love or lover true
Just a wink, a salty, whiskey or two.
Jobs I failed, and God I don't rail
I am but one, sad, lonely clown.

Meager crumbs no man of honor eat
Clouds of sadness and laughter at my feet.
Ride her railroad, sleep in cold, borrowed down
Alas, dear pitiful, filthy world, I am but one,
sad lonely clown.

Music heard boring note, a beggar's bag I tote
Real to only the beating vessel in that I wrote.
Longing for one, quick moment of pleasure past
No longer acting, no longer reacting to master's
summers mast.

I was never known, never fed on lily petals of white
My mother of cold wind storm and left a tomb at night.
Ghosts on carnival train starve with me now days
Gasping at small breaths and borrowed sun's dark rays.

But I, only I, will ever know, ever be what you dreamed
I was given away my soul torn and spirit schemed.
Spinning wheel oh, surge and let my sand spill down
At last, not fast, I was just one sad, ragged clown.

Emmett  Kelly April 6,1953, posing for photo for Pan American  Coffee Bureau (ad).

Emmett Kelly April 6,1953, posing for photo for Pan American Coffee Bureau (ad).

© 2017 Kenneth Avery


Kenneth Avery on April 13, 2017:


Thanks for your comments.


Kenneth Avery on April 13, 2017:

Hey, Gypsy Rose Lee,

Always nice to hear from you. Thanks again for your

wonderful comment.

I would say that there are so many "clowns" in our lives

that we would be surprised to know who they "really"

are like when their make-up is off.

God bless you for being so supportive. I love you

and All of My Great Followers.

Kenneth Avery on April 13, 2017:

Hello, John,

Thank you sincerely for your warm comment.

From all that I've read, Emmett was a highly-intelligent

man who used those gifts that he had and we are

still talking to him now.

Glad to know you, Emmett.

Kenneth Avery on April 13, 2017:

Hi, Ruby Jean,

Thank you for your sweet comment about a truly

big hearted guy.

I loved Emmett very much.

Keep in touch with me.

Kenneth Avery on April 13, 2017:


You are so right in your views about the clown.

Kelly was probably the world's most popular clown

and that is saying a lot.

Thanks for your nice comment.

Kenneth Avery on April 13, 2017:

Dearest Sakina :)

Thank you so much for your sensitivity as well as your understanding of Emmett Kelly, in my opinion, the World's

Most Famous Clown.

He was very gifted.

Write me soon.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on February 28, 2017:


Looking at the "Clown face" of the one I would consider the poem to be about I do not see the "happy clown face" of someone shedding "the tears of a clown" but a neutral face which suggests to me this is truly a satisfied clown. I have always been of the opinion that "clown's faces" depicts the opposite of the emotions behind the clown, so Emmitt was at peace and content since his face was neither happy nor sad.

For all it is worth, it is well written.



Sakina Nasir from Kuwait on February 28, 2017:

This is a really sad poem. But you have explained the emotions and thoughts of a clown so beautifully. I love this poem and I admire your talent of poetry with respect. Amazing job Kenneth, my dear friend. :)

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on February 28, 2017:

A sad but emotional and heart touching poetic journey. Love your choice of clown.

John Ward from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. on February 27, 2017:

Sad, very sad. How many out there just Like Emmett. Leads me to ponder.

Well done. John.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 27, 2017:

A sad poetic tale about sad Emmett. Well done. I liked this!

DreamerMeg from Northern Ireland on February 26, 2017:

No one knows the pain behind the clown's mask, as they say. I take it this was someone who was well known at the time?

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