Emmett's Last Honor

Updated on February 26, 2017
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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. | Source

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). | Source

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        Kenneth Avery 12 months ago


        Thanks for your comments.


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        Kenneth Avery 12 months ago

        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.

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        Kenneth Avery 12 months ago

        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.

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        Kenneth Avery 12 months ago

        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.

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        Kenneth Avery 12 months ago


        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.

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        Kenneth Avery 12 months ago

        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.

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        Elijah A Alexander Jr 13 months ago from Washington DC


        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.



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        Sakina Nasir 13 months ago from Kuwait

        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. :)

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 13 months ago from Riga, Latvia

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

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        John Ward 13 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

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

        Well done. John.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

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

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        DreamerMeg 13 months ago from Northern Ireland

        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?