Watch out! There goes the somnambulist funambulist
walking the tight-rope, drinking a glass of water.
The Hendersons are all already here
and so is the moonstruck little Peter I used to date.
Mme. Sosostris, whose maiden name was d’Arc
will later read your cards, if you desire, but now
watch for the white-faced clowns, and the Auguste
the Roman Hadrian, the nuns and monsignori
who will dance around the stage
eight times and a half.
Watch carefully for Crab Man
and the Bearded Lady – whom I also dated.
They will parade, but only briefly,
along with horses, tiger-tamers, juggling sword swallowers
and all this clumsy ménagerie
Watch this carnival, this side show, or other
this dolce vita, this vie en rose
watch him wake up