Life is like a circus
with the same exact cast of characters
popping out of its book pages.
We are surrounded by “ringmasters”
pulling strings, building, and running civilization.
We find “acrobats”
like equilibrists or trapezists
that defy gravity
performing jaw-dropping pirouettes
as part of their daily lives.
We marvel at the “magicians” and “illusionists”
who make us believe,
in what is apparently real
through their ability
to dream, visualize,
enhance and augment mundane reality;
And some of them actually dare
to make it a better reality,
causing incremental quantum leaps
for the advancement and evolution of society.
We stumble into “jugglers”
who master dexterity and multi-tasking,
as if was second nature to them,
in order not only
to meet the challenges of a complex world,
but more importantly,
to assemble, operate
and maintain “the engines of civilization.”
We rely on “the lion and tiger tamers”
to control the wild and uncivilized,
in order to maintain social order and peace,
through the enforcement
of the rules of men.
We seek the “sword swallowers” and “fire eaters”
who defy danger and death,
with each and every move or throw,
as their feats don’t allow
for a single false step,
we hand them the controls
putting our lives in their hands
because we trust their skills
and their endless rehearsal and preparation,
to deliver us safely to our destination.
We run across “cannonball men”
who like to live life on a bang;
for them, the flights to nowhere
are the high they need and seek;
For these flights,
they are willing to take life to the limit,
if only for a few seconds,
even though their trajectories
Inevitably always end,
in a crash and burn situation.
We enjoy the “clowns and jesters”
always after a practical joke or a roast,
whether through ridicule,
outrageousness or burlesque;
They perennially chase
the lighter side of things,
in pursuit of laughter or a smile,
of which there are never enough in life.
By being the “patrons and spectators”
we get to witness, approve and disapprove
of everything that takes place
during the show in a ring;
We are demanding and judgmental;
as an intelligent herd,
we never miss a beat
and sometimes even alter,
the very acts of life in a circus.
Same as children who never forget
their first time at the circus,
the biggest show on Earth,
appeals as well,
to the inner child in all of us;
this occurs because in the circus
we witness the spectacle of life
or the arrest of the mundane.
The circus’ spectacle displays performers
exercising their best talents,
executing stunning acts,
rehearsed to perfection,
so daring and outrageous,
even seemingly impossible,
we rave in childlike exuberance.
As in life,
come from all walks of life,
and they all have something in common,
spectators recognize and covet;
they pursue what they love
and are passionate about it.
Circus performers achieve their high standards
through exceptional drive and desire,
innate abilities and strenuous preparation
over extended periods of time.
We find circus performers,
on every corner of the streets of life,
not only as shiny artists, elite athletes,
but also, as everyday citizens,
willing to tap their full potential
by pursuing and reaching,
what they are good at.
We all have some or much of
these characters inside us.
What is it?
A bit of a clown mixed with a full-blown illusionist?
Or a bit of a trapezist combined with a full-blown juggler?
Or perhaps a bit of a ringmaster
blended with a full-blown clown?
Whoever is the circus character fitting us best,
in the roles of a circus reside
some of our best talents and strengths.
In the characters of a circus,
we get to contemplate, appreciate
When we tap our full potential.
Life is a circus,
in as much as,
we let out inner child rejoice and embrace
its own characters,
without filters, fears or prejudice;
to discover which one
or several of them is us;
thus, we can unleash and soar
through the best use of our talents and passions,
like true circus performers do.