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When A Clown Cries

October 18, 2010
The Sad Clown! She is a teacher at my daughter...

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Nothing is sadder than to see a clown cry

they dress up silly and get hit with pie

just for us to enjoy

Love is in their hearts and they make it their life

so when one cries the sight cuts a heart like a knife.

notice when they smile… the world smiles too

but their sadness is one thing that would make anyone blue.

First comes a whimper, then elephant tears…

and pain under a painted smile is perfectly clear

for we all can see through it.

Jolly is all they set out to be,

and happy is what they want us to see.

So when they have pain it is held so deep

and they button up that sad heart.

when it is sad that is…

to make smiles for us to enjoy.

So… because that pain is held back so deep.

when a clown cries it is because… the pain is simply too much to keep.

So when a clown cries give them a hug.

let them know they don’t have to sweep that pain under a rug,

because we are all the same

even if all we want to do is entertain.




31 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2010 5:43 pm

    oh, so sad and true…clowns are people like us and should be given hugs too…btw, I have never thought of a crying clown…nice thought.


  2. October 18, 2010 6:36 pm

    this is funny…

  3. October 18, 2010 6:36 pm

    love your hints.

  4. October 18, 2010 8:04 pm

    I found this poignant…the oxymoron of a sad clown. In a way it describes us all. I feel honored that you added me to your blogroll 2z! Thank you. As my blog evolves toward poetry, I’m planning on zapping some of mine and adding poets. See you there!

    • October 19, 2010 5:27 pm

      I know..right! the shields we will put up to hide our pain so we don’t seem vulnerable. You earned your play on that roll…the things that your write are inspiring …so the honor you see is my pleasure.

  5. October 18, 2010 8:14 pm

    This is great! It’s too bad they feel they have to hold that sadness in for so long.

    Mine are here.

    • October 19, 2010 5:29 pm

      They do so to entertain us because who would want a clown that would make a crowd sad?

  6. October 18, 2010 8:40 pm

    The world is full of sad “clowns,” both in face paint and not. I’m reminded of all the goof-offs we come across, who behind the laughter and jokes are often very sad and lonely people. This can be especially true of children who are labeled as troublemakers.

    Your poem was very poignant and beautifully written.

    • October 18, 2010 8:53 pm

      You absolutely nailed this poems meaning down to the core Pattiken Thank you for truly understanding and commenting as you have.

  7. October 18, 2010 11:41 pm

    I agree that there are many sad clowns in this world…very concise description here, I loved it, so very clever my friend !! oxox

    • October 19, 2010 3:54 am

      Clowns are people who would humiliate themselves just to make us laugh…One might think that job would be easy but the truth lies in one question “would you do it?” I asked my self that question and said …Ahhh NO! Its far easier to be the laugh-er than the laugh-ee. Thank you for stopping Buttercup!

  8. October 18, 2010 11:58 pm

    sad abd thought provoking…well done 😉

  9. meeti batra permalink
    October 19, 2010 2:12 am

    i don.t know how mny wld agree to dis
    i feel thre r 2 wrlds
    astra n universal
    the stronger d soul the happily it overtaj
    kes d universal difficulties
    the soul journey has to undergo evry stage bfore bcomin enlightened
    v r cruel to use these creationd of GOD for our entertainment/or else thre wld have nt been a wrd like clwn
    i request all my nears n dears to love all these abnormalities as onlyHE knows wat the soul journey of dat specific is abt
    we all r here together cause v need each other
    v all stumble n v all do…defenetely do,,,watevr our spiritual lve
    so all thse r reminders of GOD to ech 1 of us thru each 1 of us to b THANKFUL TO HIM for each n evry thng v nioy takin it 4grntd n realise only ven v c some1 deprived mayb cause of past karmas or mayb cause of learning cause v learn only ven v r out of our comfort zone
    thanx a tonnneee for reminding me

    • October 19, 2010 3:42 am

      Thank you my friend…I appreciate your view. Many people do not realize that clowns try to make each of us happy… the unfortunate thing that I have noticed is that sometimes we as the audience do not appreciate them or realize that they have feelings and even forget that they are humans too… and the saddest thing of all most of them have a lot of love and they give it so freely as a service to anyone who would smile. Here in the United States it has recently become fashionable to fear clowns mostly because of a few movies and a serial killer named John Wayne Gayce, who lured his victims as a clown.
      You are wise Meeti Batra in your humble ways and right to say that we should be grateful for these creatures of God. Please note that on this side of the world clowns chose to be clowns as a love of entertaining people and I think that they may be right. There is not many good things that a person could do to on this earth better than making others happy. Peace be with you sir.

  10. October 19, 2010 3:33 am

    simple words makes this an enjoyable read – great !

    • October 19, 2010 4:12 am

      Thank you man!… you are one of my favorites fiveloaf. Coming from you that is an awesome complement.

  11. October 19, 2010 4:43 am

    Oh, that is a sad thought–a crying clown. Yes, I agree, it must be pretty bad if a clown needs to cry–but cry they must and let it out!

    So touching…

    • October 19, 2010 5:09 am

      Yeah… even when the clown has no make up they put on a happy face, but sometimes its more than can be taken by any mere man. That’s why a clowns tears are so sad …if they cry you know it’s coming from somewhere deep! Thank you for stopping by.

      • October 19, 2010 7:35 pm

        It’s to our benefit to take our “masks” off and let our true nature shine forth–even if it’s sadness. It is an expression of our authentic selves.

        A very sensitive topic…

  12. October 19, 2010 6:55 am

    How true for all of us – hiding our pain behind jokes and laughter! Love it 2zpoint!

    • October 19, 2010 12:17 pm

      Absolutely Adeeyoyo! I was looking in the mirror, so to speak, when this came to me. Many people do this very same thing as well… I chose the clown to represent that because they do this more than anyone. Thank you for your brilliant comment and observation.

  13. October 19, 2010 2:38 pm

    I feature poems on my site once a month and I would like to feature yours. My October post is full but I would like to add this to my November 20th post. Please email me if you would like to be included. Thanks.

    My blog’s name is a bit unconventional so if you would like to check out the previous month, the post is called Poetic License. You will get credit and a link back to your site, of course.

  14. October 19, 2010 3:13 pm

    I enjoyed this man!
    I liked the end bit about hugging a crying clown!
    Ha ha, wicked stuff!

    Thanks for putting me on your blogroll!

    Peace to you and yours,
    (my posts for potluck)

  15. October 19, 2010 3:14 pm

    I am working on placing your link to Jingle Poetry blog roll,
    I have been occupied by so many stuff, sorry for being late. it will appear within a week.
    your poetry rocks.
    keep it coming…

    Thanks for the support.

    • October 19, 2010 5:20 pm

      At your own pace Jingle! don’t worry about me…I am simply honored by your consideration.

  16. October 19, 2010 3:22 pm

    Very touching and really deep.. very well put.. Clowns too need a hug.. Infact more than a fair share!! Since they keep entertaining for the major part of their lives; their pain often gets buried and then someday, the carcass stands up scaring everyone in shock..!!

    I like reading this one- a story, a thought, a learning all well woven in poetic words.. fantastic..
    I guess it’s more to do with how you feel. This is what your tagline says- Often Funny, Always Entertaining, and Sometimes Insightful.. and so am guessing.. 🙂

    “Huge Hugs..”

    Happy Potluck My Dear xox

    • October 19, 2010 8:26 pm

      Yes I firmly believe that repressed sadness can become septic over time. I’m one of the worst. Thank you for you kind ,warm, comments! You have one of the biggest hearts I’ve seen here.

  17. October 20, 2010 10:29 am

    Hey! Good job here! I like it! 🙂
    Good rhymes — good story — good moral.

    Some of us are just too plain self-conscious
    and won’t cut loose for nothin’. Making someone laugh
    ranks a person right up there with the good doctors who
    freely (?) give away the best medicine in the world.

    • October 20, 2010 11:55 am

      How true true are!…The rougher we get the less we’ll do it. We all put on our own clown make up…sometimes we just don’t see it. And laughter is one of my favorite medicines. Have a great day!

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