Rainbow Bazaar

Rainbow Bazaar
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Rainbow Bazaar

Sitting underneath the light of a full moon, in shadows of

the Big Top Tent

hearing the booming voice of my father, the ringmaster

echo into the night air.

A spectacle of colored lights dancing, shooting across the sky

the painted clowns come out for laughs

the jugglers and cyclists their stunts

the music marching in bright, lively tones with the elephants

prancing with the hooves of horses

matching the gaiety of the crowd.

Then,  the music swells – stops.

All is still as fierce tigers appear, wondrous sights

a hush falling over the ring as lights dim.

Above, my mother, the trapezist, waits to fly

soaring above danger, her costume sparkling like diamonds

in the bright fluorescent, blinding spotlight.

The audience stares, transfixed, as tiger stripes streak through rings

sizzling, swirling with fire.

Mother launches into the air above, I hold my breath —

graceful as a ballerina she flys

landing safely on the other side.

I breathe out, close my eyes

listen to the roar of the audience

inside this spectacle of life, this rainbow bazaar

this show of cotton candy dreams, surrounded by

this circus family of mine.

Copyright July 25 2016 Stacie Eirich 

This poem is one that I was already working on for my novel – as a means to understanding one of my characters – the child who you hear speaking through this poem, a child of the circus. This weekend’s poetry challenge over at Toads also happens to include the Circus as a theme–so I’m happy to share it there too.

Last, I cannot close this post without mentioning that I have a friend from childhood, Ms. Diana Dorethy,  who is now working and travelling within a circus as a dancer & performing artist. Writing this poem made me think of her (though my book character is purely fictional) – she is following her passion, sharing her art. She has given me permission to share some of her circus photos with you! Here they are. Check out the circus website — they are currently performing in the Seattle area but travel all over the United States: Venardos Circus

Venardos Circus

Venardos Circus

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Starlight Serenade (Songs in Haiku)

l-337994I write early in the morn for moments of peace, and nature provides a lifetime of it, if only we wake to see it. As sunlight dawns, my heart wakes slowly, quietly – the spider webs of dreams still around my head. Breathe in, out. Opening my eyes to the light peeking through the shades. In writing there is a stillness, a solitary sadness, a loneliness. But in poetry there is beauty, life, light – the path to joy. To a kind of happiness. The words clearing away the cobwebs and opening my heart and mind like the buds of a new flower, unfolding her blooms to the sun.


Nature always wears the colors of the spirit -Ralph Waldo Emerson


Starlight Serenade (Songs in Haiku) 

Skin wet with sea air

toes dancing on sandy shore

wind of starry dream


So much joy in rain

droplets dance down my window

bringing life to soil


Dreaming light of hope

waves washing shells on soft sand

of earth island’s shore


Bright wind of spirits

moonsong suspended in air

starlight serenade

Copyright July 22 2016 Stacie Eirich

*Listen to readings of my haiku poems Starlight Serenade and Heart Memory on Soundcloud! I loved making these short recordings and will undoubtedly be making more in the future. I hope you enjoy them, as this is the way I believe poetry is meant to be shared–as music.

Thanks for reading and listening. 🙂