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  The Clown
by Walt Hardester
Friday, October 05, 2012
Rated "G" by the Author.

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A look at a life.

He makes people laugh,
Every night is his job.
His chosen profession,
And yet he wonders what could have been.

Show business takes itís toll,
Once he tried a family life.
But the road is hard and long.

Wife and child at home.
Home is the road,
The road takes itís toll as well.

So tonight he puts on his makeup once more,
This has become his life.
The laughs and smiles are his job.
But inside he is always hurting,
Because everyone is smiling
Except for him.

© 2012 Walt Hardester

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Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 10/28/2012
:( sorrow's well can run really deep
but too reveals itself in beautiful poetry

Smile Therapy & Secret Whopping Cushions
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 10/16/2012
This is sad. Emmit Kelly acted sAd and that was his character. He would troll for you, smile and reen win your heart. He is my favoritw.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 10/16/2012
Those who make others smile are often weeping inside. Great poem Walt.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 10/12/2012
excellent piece Walt
enjoyed reading
Peace be with you
Reviewed by Jon Willey 10/9/2012
Walt, your poem mirrors what has been written about the sad lives Red Skelton and Emmett Kelley Jr. led. Skelton was divorced a couple of times and devastated by the loss of his nine year old son Richard from leukemia. Emmett Kelley endured similar tragedies in his lifetime also. Certainly among clowns, those two were America's preeminent. A good message regarding the tragic figures that live behind smiling faces. I wish you peace and love my dear friend. Jon Michael
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 10/9/2012
They have the power to make people smile....they are "treasures"....nice poem , the pic!

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 10/7/2012
I think clowns special..because they have the power to make us "BIGGER" clowns realise that it's ok to hide your feelings when needed most!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 10/6/2012
It may be wrong to think that all clowns are unhappy. I have been amazed by the long marriages and lives of some of our funniest people like George Burns, Buddy Epson, Ernest Borgnine, Groucho Marx, and Bob Hope, to name a few. Most of these people started work on the vaudeville circuit, much like the circus. I know that circus clowns, like all circus people, led a hard life, but that doesn't mean they were unhappy.

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Reviewed by Joy Hale 10/5/2012
I once talked to a "carney" person who said the only way to succeed in marriage was to have your wife/partner on the road with you. Your poem reminded me of many carnivals and circus's I attended throughout my life and brought a wonderful smile of happy thoughts and memories to my mind. Love this!

Joy L. Hale

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