The circus

I remember the Christmas

when the circus came to town.

A few of the kids in my class skipped school

to see the show.


There was a murmuring in the class as

those of us remaining

began to notice the growing number of

empty desks.


“Skipped school to see the circus?!”

We whispered among ourselves.



However, the next day,

many of the desks remained empty, and

our teacher told us that our classmates were

in the hospital suffering from severe poisoning,

but they would be OK.


Furthermore, she explained,

it wasn’t the circus that was in town,

but a home that was being

fumigated for insects.


There was

a great murmuring

among all the children


“Skipped school to see a home being fumigated for insects?!”

We whispered among ourselves.