The Circus!

Today at dVerse, our prompt is “Come to the Circus!”

Here it comes again —

the circus: where animals

cry on the inside.


Performing stupid

painful, unnatural tricks

wishing they were home.


Whips and prods, people

yelling laughing big bright lights—

no wonder they snap.





Author: The Abject Muse

Susan Marie Shuman is an author and freelance writer/editor who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) one husband and one step-son. When she's not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micronation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.

39 thoughts

  1. Thankfully, I’ve never seen a circus with animal acts – other than horses. This is very poignant, and goes right to the heart of it. The illustration is perfectly chosen, too – those elephants look deeply unhappy.

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  2. How I feel too. Animals in circuses are banned in many places. Even one of the big family circuses here, Bouglione (French spelling, Italian name) have come out for animal welfare and condemn the circuses that still use and abuse animals.

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  3. Today, Cirque replaces Circus, and there are no animal acts–but there still are some small traveling Circus groups that cling to the animal traditions; a dying art form for sure.

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  4. I have to admit, I’ve never seen the circus. I wanted to but the folks never took us. My memories are all of films. When I think of jumping through hoops and fending off vicious people with whips, I think of work

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