The Greatest Show on Earth

For over a century, we ruled the traveling circuit. But now, we barely survive. Children’s squeals of delight blend with the murderous rage boiling over outside the tent. They’ve taken everything. Our cages stand empty.

But the show must go on. Always.

I wrote two gargleblasters this week for yeah write #184 and
this one made the cut for the grid. Did I make the right choice?
Ultimate Question: when did our elephants leave?

17 thoughts on “The Greatest Show on Earth

    1. Also a fan of circus stories. Natalie, I have a circus story shelf on Goodreads. My fave? Geek Love. Have you read?

      Arden, because you asked, I like Mokita better. It was in my top 3. The murderous rage in this one read for me as an overstatement, because the second sentence seems like a statement of acceptance.

      1. I have not! I’ll put it in my queue. I’m specifically thinking of The Night Circus and Water for Elephants.

  1. I especially love the despair of the last two sentences. A really powerful piece, but the murderous rage seemed to get a bit lost โ€” I almost want you to switch that line with the one before it (murderous rage before barely surviving).


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