Roll up. Roll up! You have to see this A shilling will lead you to a show you cannot miss! Come through the curtain! Come through quick! see a dazzling show that will make you sick. See the funny lady climb and see the ladder wobble see the funny lady topple, arms flailing, windmilling, headlong into the Terrifying Cider-Press of Failure! Hear the s c r e a m and the c r u n c h as it crushes her bones! See her life- blood flow. See Her Die. Gather up, gather up! There is more in store for you! With little ado, I'll introduce to you: The Marvellous, Incredible, Incomparable, Incomprehensable Threadbare Carpet of Resignation, where a miracle will be made before your mesmerised eyes! Tell me pretty children, do you think the funny lady may re-assemble? No? Gather in close; don't trip on the rope. Watch the Threadbare Carpet of Resignation r i p p l e as it lies beneath the Terrifying Cider Press of Failure. See the pints of red blood rising, see the shiny bones appearing, muscles, sinews, organs, growing, smooth, pink, lady flesh enclosing, her body bent, but no longer broken, as she s t o o p s beneath the Terrible Cider Press of Failure on the Threadbare Carpet of resignation. Now, dear children, you've seen the show. Please tread carefully as you go. Roll up. Roll up! You have to see this A shilling will lead you to a show you cannot miss! Come through the curtain! Come through quick! see a dazzling show that will make you sick.
©Jane Paterson Basil