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Katherine Gallagher

Circus Apprentice

I’m learning it all – acrobatics, clowning,
riding bareback and trapeze,
fire from a sleeve: my hand’s a wand.
I weave my life round dancing elephants
who spray the air while turning
their backs on the crowd;
lions who never put a foot wrong.
I’m taking their cue, I’ve seen
what people want.
Prancing ponies teach me steps:
pacing, adroitness, like my fellow-dancers
keeping their spot.
I’m walking the high-wire, making my mark
poised, balanced, don’t look away –
you are my gravity’s other edge.

Katherine Gallagher

in collection, Circlus Apprentice, Arc Publications, 2006,
ISBN 978-1904614-02-9