Poppy the clown wore a red-painted grin,
but his face didn’t match for his day had been grim.
He’d burst his balloons on a sharp cactus plant,
and the puppy had chewed a big hole in his hat.
So he walked through the park with his chin on his chest,
and everyone knew this clown was depressed!
On down the line he heard a faint tune
and he knew he’d be passing the carousel soon.
“I’m way much too sad to be cheered up by that!”
and he tried not to hear through the hole in his hat.
But the tune seemed to get tangled up in his feet
and he had to work hard to resist the glad beat.
“I’ll not ride today,” Poppy said with a frown,
“I’m just an old failure, a sad sack of a clown!”
His feet took him closer, then right alongside,
and before he could stop, he was taking a ride!
Up, down and around, while the music kept pace,
and try as he would to remember his place
In the miserable scheme of that dreary old day,
Poppy started to smile and he started to play!
In no time at all his face was in line
with his red-painted smile and Poppy felt fine!
So next time you think the world’s a sad place,
And how he caught gladness one day in the park
by riding a carousel out of the dark!
c.2011, Donna swanson