Treasure Island

Flying Lemming

(England)

Ambition


I was at my art class studying shading
When a stranger caught my eye
They seemed to be doing their best evading
Glances from passers by
Sat at the back in dark glasses
And large coat and big floppy hat
I’d noticed them there in most of my classes
Looking quite rounded and fat

I wandered over to take a look
When something became very clear
And by great surprise I was took
It was an elephant shaking with fear
‘Don’t tell what I really am please
I want to learn this craft
But when I told the men on the trapeze
They just choked and laughed
The same was true for the whole circus
They didn’t think I was real
They do their best to deter us
Not caring just how we feel
I’ve always been the nervous sort
The big top never suited me
When the crowds gathered my only thought
Was to just turn and flee
But I was filled with a strong desire
A need to paint and create
It burned in me just like a fire
I knew that I could be great’

So I didn’t tell, though it was kind of funny
And he studied harder and moved himself on
And finally decided to make some money
And followed his fortune up to London
So if you are in London town
And getting your portrait done there
And the artist seems very grey and round
He’s nervous so please don’t stare

Submitted: Thursday, December 17, 2009

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  • Robert Burns (5/4/2012 10:40:00 PM)

    'Ambition, ' best taken with a beer, requires real imagiation and no fear. But having said that, I encourage one to read on and drink his beer. Robert Burns, Portland, Or. (Report) Reply

  • Romeo Della Valle (4/6/2012 6:50:00 PM)

    A well crafted and poignant write that is also thought provoking! Thank you for sharing! 10+++ Keep it up! God Bless You! Love and Peace for always! Romeo from New York City! (Report) Reply

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