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"The Last Act"

You may talk to people young and old
Across this nation wide
Ask if they've ever seen a circus
And a yes most will confide.
 
There is no greater entertainment
At an affordable price to pay
Yes and the downfall of the Ringling Bros.
Will be felt my more each day.
 
Now from the early days of childhood
To the adulthood I am near
I've waited patiently along with others
For the circus to come each year.
 
Many young children in our neighborhood
They gave work for several days
We'd help feed and water the elephants
and watch as the tents they raised.
 
They let us have part in their set-up
It mattered not whether lad or lass
Yes and for the little that we did
All received one free pass.
 
Yes just to watch them unloading
Was more excitement than I have found
Than you will find in your travels
Through many a small town.
 
Now they didn't hurt the animals
As certain protestors show aloud
Many which have their dog jerking on a chain
But feel so very snug and proud.
 
Yes we all will miss the Circus
Because something for all it did provide
The clowns in the stands and the trapeze acts above
And standing in line for a camel ride.
 
Roy E. Schepp

Emporia News

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