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“The Smiling Sculptor”

Read "Smiling Sculptor", a poem about a clown who visits a children's hospital to make the kids feel better.

You bounce
through the curious crowd
in your blue bowler hat
and star-scattered suit,
squeaking laughter and giggles,
as you caper down the corridor,
into a room for a quick clown show.

Your stars –
stark against the bone-white
walls – dance as you bow
and start blowing and bending,
squeezing and twisting, sculpting
miracles into plastic balloons – now a heart
for the gibbering toddler, now a sword

for the one-
eyed girl, now a crown
for her bald-headed friend,
and a daffodil abloom
for the silent young mother
sitting by an empty bed, longing
to be given a different

miracle.

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