The Circus Clown

Updated on November 7, 2017
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Nithya Venkat enjoys writing about nature and different aspects of life in the form of poetic verses.


This is a poem that I wrote thinking about how a circus clown will feel deep down inside his heart.

Do you even know who I am?

I am the man,

Who makes you laugh,

In a circus ring I stand,

With bellowing pants,

A deep yellow and red,

Hanging loose flying ahead,

A false belly bursting out,

From my long sleeved shirt,

Making me really stout,

With puffed up sleeves,

In a princely style,

That’s how I’m dressed,

Do you know who I am?

A clown in a circus,

In a ring I stand.

Makeup painted all over my face,

Painted a silvery white,

With shades of grey,

Splotches of red,

On my cheeks and forehead,

My nose a round ball,

Colored a deep cherry red,

Eyes outlined,

With shadows of black,

Eyelids painted bright,

Colors of red green and white,

I have bags of tricks,

I juggle and roll,

Swing and jump,

Like a big stupid oaf,

I pop up in every act,

To make a fool of myself,

To make you laugh,

I dance and joke,

I clown around,

Like a stupid big bloke.

After my tiring act,

I retire to my lonely bed,

Ragged blanket pulled,

Over my body and head,

Tired and heart aching,

I go to bed, I fall asleep,

Exhausted, almost dead,

And I wonder in my head,

If all those people,

Who saw me there,

And cheered me on,

Even wondered,

Who I really am.

I am a circus clown,

But I still have a name,

An ordinary man,

And not so lame,

I work just like you,

Day after day,

I hope and dream,

To find some way,

To let you see,

Who I truly am,

The real me.

Do you even know,

Who I really am?

Interesting Facts about the Circus

The word Circus is a Latin word that means a circle or ring. A traditional circus usually has acrobats, performers along with trained animals and clowns. It was in the year 1973 John Bill Ricketts presented the first circus in America.

Clowning is all about expressing feelings and thoughts in an entertaining manner. Clowns help to pep up the circus show, and their performances also entertain the audience during the time gap between two acts.

There are many superstitions associated with the circus, here are some of them -

  1. Performers should enter the ring with the right foot to welcome good luck.
  2. Some performers keep hair strands from an elephant’s tail in their pocket for good luck.
  3. Whistling or eating popcorn in the backstage is considered to be bad luck.
  4. Bringing a peacock feather into a circus tent is also supposed to be bad luck.

© 2012 Nithya Venkat


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    • Vellur profile imageAUTHOR

      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      Jodah thank you and yes they are real people.

      Paula Atwell thank you and am glad you enjoyed.

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      Paula Atwell 

      5 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Enjoyed this. I learned a lot about clowns when I went to the Barnum and Bailey Circus Museum as a child.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good poem Vellur. You captured how many clowns feel I am sure, beneath the makeup and silly antics they are real people like you and I.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      midget38 thank you and yes we do forget the faces that make us laugh.

      Audrey Howitt thank you, we never look really deep.

      CrisSp thank you and am glad you enjoyed.

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      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Ahh, the intriguing life of a clown. Good one Vellur! I enjoyed it.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Such a poignant piece Vellur! I wonder if we ever really look to see what is beyond the face!

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      We so often forget those who make us laugh. Well-said, Nithya!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      5 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 thank you for reading, yes we all need the humor.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      This is the perfect poem for a clown and vivid description of one. I love clowns who bring a bit of humor to our day.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      aviannovice thank you.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I loved it, right to the depths of his soul...

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      mary615 thank you, yes we all wear masks to hide feelings that we do not wish to express.

      Nell Rose thank you, some people are really scared. You are so right that is because they do not know who the person is.

      jhamann thank you for reading and your appreciation.

      torrilynn thank you for reading and your vote up. Thanks for sharing too.

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      6 years ago

      Really nice poetry you have here Vellur! Voted up and sharing ^_^

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      Even the intimate part where the clown reveals his humanity. Forgot this part of the comment. Jamie

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      Well written poetry, you know this poem would make a great childrens book. Jamie

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      I love this, and it totally explains how clowns really feel, of course there is the scary side too, and that's because of the fact that people cannot see the person behind the mask, voted up!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I lot of people are wearing the mask and makeup of a clown to hide their feelings, I think.

      Great poem. Voted up and shared.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      AudreyHowitt thank you for reading, I love watching clowns perform!!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      Lovely piece--although I must confess--that clowns always scare me a bit--

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      Nithya Venkat 

      7 years ago from Dubai

      ishwaryaa22 thank you for your wonderful comments and votes. As you say clowns are normal people earning their living by making other people laugh and smile.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderful poem! You did the good job on the typical portrayal of the circus clown, both outside and inside! This well-versed poem brought back my childhood memories that at an amusement park, I saw a short clown, waving at me and I was really scared of him! That time, I was just a kid. Now, we realize that they are actually normal people, making a living as clowns by making others smile and laugh at their funny tactics. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      glmclendon thanks for stopping by.

      Mhatter99 hello, thanks for the visit.

      Gypsy Rose Lee thank you, I understand!!!

      Movie Master thank you for your appreciation and vote.

      tillsontitan yes there is so much more than we can see. Thank you for your wonderful comments and vote.

      Kamalesh050 thank you for your visit and vote.

      Ruchira yes, as you say we must pause and think about them. They make us laugh and want to be recognized for what they are. Thank you.

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      8 years ago from United States

      well said indeed. People who make others laugh usually have a soul, which needs to see a bright light. I wish we could pause and think about them as a person as well.

      beautifully portrayed!

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      Kamalesh Chakraverty 

      8 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Excellent. Voted Up. Best Wishes, Kamalesh

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      Very touching poem. It points out not only the life of the clown, but the fact that we need to know the person, be it clown, mailman, neighbor....there's always so much more than what we see!

      Voted up and awesome.

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Vellur, a wonderful, clever poem - loved it and voted up!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Great poem. However I've been scared of clowns ever since Stephen King came out with IT. lol

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      Martin Kloess 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      The name is Martin Kloess 33.

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      8 years ago

      Good job and thanks for sharing.

      Stay Well

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      Nithya Venkat 

      8 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 thank you. As you say, a clown makes others smile and enjoy life. Thanks for the vote too.

      KatrineDM yes I totally agree, inside the shell we are all humans and have our own dreams. Thank you for your wonderful and thought provoking comments.

      josh3418 thank you for your appreciation and great comments.

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania


      Excellent idea for a poem, and so very true as well! We are all normal people under our shells. You have captured the heart of the clown while at the same time leaving us with a thought provoking hub. Thanks Vellur!

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      8 years ago

      Lovely. I remember as kids we used to go to the circus every summer, and the clown was the hero of the place always. That time he was just a funny man to us who could make everyone laugh. But you're right, no matter what we may wear on the outside, regardless of our 'shell', we are all same human beings, people with different personalities, and with our own dreams.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      This poem is so sweet and captures the heart of the clown. He is only trying to help others enjoy life as he does. Love it! Voted up.


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