ACT 5: New Town Arrival
To the public, costume disguises the real people behind the performance, emphasising the exotic and glamorous. But the artistes' real 'disguise' is the anonymity of their out-of-costume ordinariness.
New Town Arrival
They step out warily, afraid –
this disguise wears far more thin
than flimsy gauze or leotards
which coat them like a skin
they’re masters of the hunch
of turning off the sparkle in their eyes
‘Is he the clown?’, ‘Is she trapeze?’
the secret of the circus is you must not recognise
my gait, or spot stray sequins on my boots
not knowing who we are is our allure
and hidden in our circus roots.
© Liz Darcy Jones