In My Circus

Ginger and Citrus Leaf Teamaking ginger and blood orange leaf tea for my cranky tummy

I want tea to be coffee,
and ginger chocolate beans.
I wish for life to be a circus
tent, where nothing goes hungry
or sick or dead or extinct…

In my circus, I’m a mad cat
with a crimsonly chic hat
and a silvery grin
slightly cracked.

Fresh coffee flowers brew wild
in my circus, that’s a garden
in a kettle. I take my blooms
everywhere, and spread them slyly
on tables on pianos and saloons.

I want
tea to be coffee.
I wish
for Wonder to be free
Land.

You?

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the wee notes…
– Today Vanessa Valencia celebrates her 9th annual Mad Tea Party. And because I’m hosting over at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, I invited the prompts to dance together. I chose to pair (actually trio) the Mad Tea Party theme with Words Count with Mama Zen (Is your life a circus?) and Rommy Drik’s The Way of Tea, specifically this quote: “Once a flower’s season has passed, it should not be brought in from another location for display in the tearoom.” Yes, Rommy, I’m a tea brewing rebel. Muahahahaha! *cough, cough, better get more ginger, cough*
– Do fly over to The Garden and to A Fanciful Twist to see what everyone else is brewing.
– So… if your life was a circus, what would your tent look like? I wonder, wonder, wonder…

Tim Burton’s Cheshire CatTim Burton’s Cheshire Cat
colored by moi
snatched from Print the World: Super Coloring

79 thoughts on “In My Circus

  1. You are so awesome.

    These are my favorites:

    “I wish for life to be a circus
    tent, where nothing goes hungry
    or sick or dead or extinct”

    “I take my blooms
    everywhere, and spread them slyly
    on tables on pianos and saloons.”

  2. “I wish for life to be a circus tent, where nothing goes hungry,or sick, or dead”
    That would be Utopia…. if only!….With the recent day’s events, (Munich, Orlando, Texas) I doubt very much … we are going the opposite way… In fact we’re losing our way… 🙁

  3. ” I wish for Wonder to be free Land.” I love this line ever so much. Your tea party is thoughtful and philosophical. We should have more tea parties like this, too.

    • Oh, how I miss the taste of Lemon Grass! We used to have tons of it in the yard (in the Dominican Republic0. I tried it dry, but it wasn’t the same. You know what? I think I will try to grow some. 😀

  4. You are a person after my own heart! Who wants tea if you can have coffee?! Why can’t we have a Mad Coffee Party Day instead of a Mad Tea Party Day? Who decided it needed to be that way? Vanessa! That’s who! And she always gets her way. But maybe next year, we’ll have it our special wayl! 🙂 Alas, I’m afraid it’s too late to change it today.

    • These days, I have to satisfy my coffee fancies vicariously through others. My health and coffee don’t see eye to eye–it’s a terrible thing, really. But it doesn’t stop me from wishing. If life only gives me tea, I must sip it and like it, too! LOL!

      Still, I’ve allowed myself one coffee day per year. Maybe someone should make a party out of it *wink, wink, wink*.

  5. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.
    “I wish for life to be a circus tent,
    where nothing goes hungry
    or sick or dead or extinct”
    I drink coffee and tea 🙂

  6. You always give us more to think about. There is depth beneath the beauty of your words.

    I have long been a fan of Queenisms.
    Thank you for your visit and positive comment.

  7. “I take my blooms
    everywhere, and spread them slyly
    on tables on pianos and saloons.”

    It’s lovely to spread out the blooms so everyone can enjoy. My tent would be of many colours, bright and pretty with soft plumb cushions for people to lay on within.

  8. I love these lines and they go so well with the picture!
    ‘In my circus, I’m a mad cat
    with a crimsonly chic hat
    and a silvery grin
    slightly cracked.’
    Plus you have introduced me to Queenisms and Print the World: Super Coloring!

  9. I wish for life to be a circus
    tent, where nothing goes hungry
    or sick or dead or extinct

    Life is a constant movement along a vibrant path. How nice to be so Magaly!

    Hank

  10. Love all the dancing elements here, and the extremely human wish to choreograph them to our own greater delight, and in so doing, delight others as well, because of course that is the best part of one’s delight–and one’s tea, sharing it. Thanks for hosting over at toads. Magaly–I loved your choices.

    • Life is so messy right now. I think we need all we can come up with in order to bend and twist with the chaos.

      So glad you loved the choices! I was quite taken by the Hekate in your poem.

  11. Hello Magaly!
    Thank you for inviting me to your lovely tea party! Your poem and coloring page was lovely! I love how you were able to use your talents to blend your post for 2 different blog parties! I hope your cranky tummy feels better soon! The ginger is most excellent for it!

    Thanks for visiting my party as well!
    Justina

  12. Your poetry always takes me to a place in my mind that I don’t visit very often. Thanks for that and the existential wake up call. Keep up the great writing! Cheers, Sarah

  13. If I had a circus tent, it would be a flying one, which would fly to all of the whimsical places in the world. There is a digital photo of a flying circus tent which I love! I know there was a print of it available on Etsy a few years back. I know it can be located on Yahoo under: flying circus tent poster images.
    I love what you have to say, and the Cheshire Cat in the Mad Hatter Hat is divine!
    Please come to my blog for more Alice madness.
    Blessings always!

  14. Magaly, I love the fun & whimsy in this! Had me picturing the Mad Tea party with the Hatter in my mind, and that Chesire Cat. Love to be taken back to childhood — Thanks for sharing the trip. 🙂

  15. Love, Love, Love!!! And, your art piece is adorable!
    My tent would be brightly coloured, with earth tones in the corners. There would be lots of animals and birds and of course my crows! And, lots of tea and water and gingerale! I’ll stop there! LOL!

  16. A wonderful fantasy poem you wove, Magaly. I like the idea, and theme, if Tea were Coffee. Your writer lives in a world where she can’t have both, or has utter disdain for Tea. Or is Coffee a more sociable drink and Tea is her favorite. Or?
    BTW, I like both, Coffee hot, Tea hot or cold.
    ..

    • I wish I could have both. Coffee is my soul’s love, but my body doesn’t quite thrive with it. But hey, I can always think about it… and drink vicariously through others. I’m sure that’s a thing. 😉

  17. In regards to the tent it’s gray, white, and red and currently set up in the backyard because it is so damn hot in the house. I should have more tea than coffee in my life, that’s for sure. I think the Cheshire Cat has stolen your grin!

  18. Hi Magaly! I’m very very late but I finally made it. I think my circus tent would be bright rainbows covered in stars…because I love all the color but also the night.
    Your Cheshire cat is fab. I hope you’ve enjoyed everyone’s parties. I was so happy to see you!

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