Friday, January 14, 2022

A Lost-And-Gone One-Ring Mexican Circus

The ticket-seller lurched in, bringing with him the Victrola which he banged onto a band platform near the ring. In a great shower of sparks and minor explosions, he plugged it in, looked around, shrugged, spun a record, poised the needle. We could have either a live band or live acrobats and trapeze artists. We chose the latter.

The huge circus began—small.

Now a sword-swallower choked on a sword, sprayed kerosene in a gout of flame, and wandered out to applause from five small girls.

Three clowns knocked each other across the ring and bounded off to aching silence.

Ray Bradbury, from That Old Dog Lying in the Dust


Mike C(JASONV123) said...

A creepy favorite!!!

Sara said...

My Mexican people.

Rot said...

you KNOW it ; )

Willow Cove said...

The bow tie one is creeping me out. I know if I was there in person, he would smell my fear and hone in on me!