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Singing a Happy Tune
by Jo Janoski

Thursday, December 21, 2006
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Singing a Happy Tune

In my short life, many drunks I’ve seen.
They sing, they howl, they stumble around.
Their angry wives wonder where they’ve been,
rolling pins poised, drunken heads to pound.

While hubby maneuvers through the streets
dancing, singing a happy bar tune
with goofy smiles for everyone he meets
dancing with stars, winking at the moon.

His head is bobbling, his eyes solid glazed.
He wears wrinkled pants with wide open fly,
his shirt a road map of dried mayonnaise,
punctuated with sweet blueberry pie.

Who hovers inside the red-nosed clown?
Is his soul weeping from being alone?
Why does he hide? What knocked him down?
Stop! Listen. In the shadows hear him moan.

Copyright 2006 JO Janoski

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/31/2006
Yes Jo. I do believe "the red-nosed clown" is mostly trying to hide the pain. Nicely done. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by jude forese 12/23/2006
have seen this on a daily basis in NY ... unfortunately, it has become part of the landscape ...

good iamgery ... potent message ...
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 12/22/2006
Sadly, this occurs much too often around Christmastime...lonely souls that seem to have given up on life. Or maybe life gave up on them...
Makes us stop and think...

Reviewed by Victor Buhagiar (Reader) 12/21/2006
There is always a reason for habitual drunkenness. You brought this out splendidly in your poem. Sad, very sad. But who can say there are no sad things during Christmas? Have a Blessed Christmas, Jo. Victor
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 12/21/2006
Who hovers inside the red-nosed clown?
Is his soul weeping from being alone?
Why does he hide? What knocked him down?

Truly sad tales, and probably many different reasons hidden inside.
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