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