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dVerse — poetics — clowns and waves

Halloween Parade and Party Plans - Robinwood Lane Elementary School
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The elementary school sat across from the old folks home.
Each Halloween, kindergarten through fifth graders paraded
in a circuit that went from around the school property,
across the street, and past a large plate glass window at the end
of the second floor of the seniors’ building.

Clowns, princesses, mutant turtles, scissor-hands, rangers,
power and others, kitty cats, football players, and mouse stars
waved gloved, clawed, scissored, and furred paws.

Through the dusty pane, from crowded-together wheelchairs
holding blanket-covered laps, waved sweatered arms betwixt
which hovered acrylic smiles and variously twinkled eyes.

I wish, just once, the uniformed chair-pushers would have
wheeled them out to the warm, sunny October lawn, to be
immersed in the menagerie; to hear their laughter.




This is based on where my kids went to elementary school and the annual Halloween parade they had. My older son wore a clown costume one year and younger son wore Edward Scissorhands one year.

I’m today’s host for dVerse.  I say:
Write a poem using the word clown or a word – real or created – with clown as the root.

54 thoughts on “dVerse — poetics — clowns and waves

  1. You guys go all out for Halloween, while it is more understated in the UK. I’ve never experienced a Halloween parade, which does sound like fun, especially the Edward Scissorhands costume, and what a wonderful thing for the people in the old folks’ home – they need their fun too and I bet they would have enjoyed being outside with the children. I wonder what Halloween will be like this year.

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  2. It sounds as though there’s a faulty connection in the celebration circuit. Like you, I hate the way old people are kept out of the way, segregated and allowed only to mix with ‘their own kind’. If we can send ships to Mars we ought to be able to create a human living environment where everyone has their place.

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  3. This is wonderful! Our children also had a halloween parade every year in grade school….it paraded through the neighborhood and all the stay-at-home moms and senior citizens would stand on their porches or their lawns and see the kids. The teachers always got together to coordinate their costumes. The best one I remember was when each one of them was a different color crayon!

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  4. kaykuala

    wheeled them out to the warm, sunny October lawn, to be
    immersed in the menagerie; to hear their laughter.

    Would certainly be in keeping with the wonderful world of happiness if they had done so. Thanks for the prompt Jade!


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  5. Yes, that would be much better.

    Where we go, they wheel the residents out into the lobby and have them hold bowls of candy in their laps. Then the kids come through asking for treats, giving hugs, and saying thank you. But this year, Halloween will be very different. 😦

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    1. That’s almost as good, as the kids and the seniors can connect, but you’re right, Covid-19 is a great disruptor of good things. I was reading just last night about so many senior activity centers closing down, which have been the source of so much social connection for older adults. I hope by next year things will be back in balance.


  6. I agree with you 100% … my mother lived in a memory care home for several years. The highlight of her week was when kids from a nearby elementary school came to visit, sing and do art projects with the residents! Thank you for writing this ……

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  7. This is charming, and I’m loving the message. The prose-like form is a perfect choice for the narrative quality and descriptive details. An enjoyable read!
    (Also loved the history of the topic and the poetry selections for this prompt.)

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