2019-09-07 22:35 circus

After ten the doors were locked. They huddled below the overpass with the drunk Zamboni driver, the depressed sheep shearer, the geek, the disgraced Prime Minister.

2019-08-27 22:57 circus

Instructions came in small parts via several, clever, trained animals. At midnight a horse tapped its hoof ten times loudly just below his bedroom window.

2019-08-10 01:37 circus

The trapeze artist sat at the end of the bar, swaying, each time he lifted the bottle it was a perilous exercise in defying gravity. At the opposite end the lion tamer brushed back her tangled hair.

2019-07-15 22:52 circus

There was nothing on stage except a single, dirty shoe. The audience waited, barely breathing. Soon, they rasped, soon.

2019-07-10 22:35 circus

A barrel of fish. A thermos of coffee. The crates were all packed up. The full moon lit the long dirt road.

2019-06-24 23:02 circus

When they got home, or where they thought home should be, they found nothing but a newly paved parking lot and a man dressed as a clown over-enthusiastically spinning a sign for an exciting brand of dog food.

2019-06-18 22:58 circus

The next morning, in the center of town, they found the dog-faced boy and the bearded lady passed out, naked, together on a bench.

2019-06-10 22:49 circus

The tiny thing spoke in a loud, booming voice. Then there was scrambling and digging. Bricks were dislodged. Everyone stepped back.

2019-06-06 22:38 circus

The stage coach pulled in, empty, each horse painted a different, vivid color.

2019-06-04 21:53 circus

These tools aren’t meant to be used, she said. She took the hammer from him and carefully placed it back into the cabinet, giving it a small, reassuring pat.

2019-05-01 23:22 circus

Hours later they found themselves wandering down an empty dirt road dragging the crate behind them.

2019-03-18 22:35 circus

The dream began in an Italian plaza with a million others. Sticks and hoops were distributed by some unknown mechanism. Then he was off, running down a cobblestone street.

2019-02-18 23:35 circus

There was at least three inches of fine, black soot on the railings and stairs. At midnight he’d heard those same trucks roll through town.

2019-02-16 00:13 circus

A deck of cards was produced from somewhere. They were instructed to draw three, randomly, despite their obvious medical conditions.

2019-01-29 00:21 circus

The band arrived in an old Cadillac. They rolled, stumbled, and fell out of the vehicle. Their instruments were strapped to the car like hunted deer.