Poem: “The Entertainer”

The Entertainer

I saw human suffering
Who danced a funny step,
Loose-limbed, slow and casual,
Angular, adept

An entertainer not a clown,
He had a pleasant smile,
Astonishing to see him so –
I watched him for a while

He danced inside a shopping mall
As shoppers passed him by,
Very thin and very tall,
Not suffering, but why?

Perhaps a trial had ended,
He seemed relaxed and pleased
To be a dancer summoned,
Not cast upon his knees

August 28, 2011

Pavel Chichikov is a Washington DC-based poet and photographer. He has written for both the secular and the Catholic press on issues as diverse as Russian nuclear weapons systems, Olympic athletes, and miracles. His books include From Here to Babylon: Poems by Pavel Chichikov,  Lion Sun: Poems by Pavel Chichikov, Mysteries and Stations in the Manner of Ignatius, and Animal Kingdom. Pavel may be heard reading his works on catholicradiointernational.com and on pavelreads.com. His poetry regularly appears on "The Poetry of Pavel Chichikov."