April 15 is the day to celebrate traditional circus acts all around the world. A Daily Dad contributor reflects on the ringmaster’s schedule.


I Must Buy a Program – by Don Mathis

I came to see the circus.

I must buy a program.

I want to see the acrobats.

I want to see the clown.


When is the dancing bear?

What time is the lion?

When is the high-wire act?

I must buy a program.


I can’t wait to see the sideshow.

Pass the peanuts and popcorn.

The knife thrower gives me chills.

I hope the trapeze stays airborne.


It’s dark and cozy under the big top

Waiting for the lights to come on.

I wonder what’s happening next?

I must buy a program.


What’s this? The spotlight’s on me!

Something’s terribly wrong!

I didn’t know I’m part of the act.

I must buy a program.


I don’t know what to do.

I feel betrayed and forlorn.

I’m on after the elephants,

Too late to buy a program.


Am I to tell jokes?

Or give a dance and song?

Am I the juggler?

Or writer of my own program?


Photo by Vidal Balielo Jr.

Published On: April 15th, 20230 CommentsTags:

About the Author: Don Mathis

Don’s life revolves around the many poetry circles in South Texas. His poems have been published in a hundred periodicals and broadcasted on TV and radio. Don has written news and reviews for various media and countless editorials about fatherhood. His political correspondence has prompted personal replies from George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and numerous other lawmakers. Find his work in the Daily Dad, the Good Men Project, and many other publications.

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