The clown always wins

I carry blades behind my bogus acts;
my buffoonery barely shadows
serpents and a smile as soft as scissors.
I am the corpse invited
to your children’s playground,
the grin of palest riders,
the scent of rotting teeth,
and the bramble-buried bones behind your dreams.
I am your choking laughter,
your falsehoods and the pestilence of putrid pride.
You might call me jester
or a clown and claim that when laughing
in my face, you win,
but when night comes crawling
you will briefly sense my claws and hear my snarl
before I slowly
very slowly
snap your neck.

Seated fat clown by Pablo Picasso

Lisa hosts at dVerse with on the topic of clowns. I have been caught up with the thought of the evil clown and Coulrophobia.

August 18, 2020

29 responses to “The clown always wins

  1. Your clown is a particularly scary one, Björn, although I’m scared of all clowns. I would be wary of that ‘smile as soft as scissors’ and love the phrase ‘bramble-buried bones behind your dreams’ – a great play on words – and the alliterative ‘pestilence of putrid pride’. The final lines are terrifying!

  2. Oh My Gosh! You have conjured a conglomeration of frightening attributes into beastie of nightmare proportions! The whole thing works so well together and I like the lines Kim likes also as well as the clincher:
    “when night comes crawling
    you will briefly sense my claws and hear my snarl
    before I slowly
    very slowly
    snap your neck.”

  3. I love this. It’s so horrifying. ❤️ That ending was great, but I loved this line the most:

    “I am the corpse invited
    to your children’s playground…”

    You describe just WHY so many are scared of clowns. Brilliant piece and horror-poem!

  4. “pestilence of putrid pride” GREAT use of sound here.
    Okay — you have me petrified to go to bed tonight…your clown is frightening! The details are amazing and make it so!

  5. 5 star award for this one! Evil perfection, like King & Poe & Lovecraft collaborated on a poem. So many terrific lines (all mentioned already).
    This piece is “R”rated–no children reading it please, or anyone faint of heart.

  6. Yours is certainly a scary clown! I love the way you punctuate the horror with alliteration before leading to the final curtain…a reminder never to watch ‘IT’ in an isolated country house ever again!

  7. kaykuala

    before I slowly very slowly
    snap your neck.

    This reminds me of being told off as a kid not to clown around too much with my younger brother during the day or he’ll have nightmares in the night. It is a reality Bjorn!

    Hank

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  9. This is my favorite line: “serpents and a smile as soft as scissors.” (perfect alliteration)

    Excellent ending: “you will briefly sense my claws and hear my snarl” … love the claws/snarl internal rhyme.

  10. This was a truly frightening poem. Great job! I also love the artwork choice…perfect. My favorite line: “the bramble-buried bones behind your dreams”.

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