This is the freebie for today's Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from siege. It also fills the "day-in-the-life" square in my 12-11-13 card for the Ladies Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Walking the Beat.
As the weather warms,
Dale and Kelly spend more time
outside walking again.
They ramble the Emerald Necklace,
especially the popular walkways
around and through Olmsted Park,
which Dale loves for the variety of buskers.
Kelly is more interested in the artists and,
sometimes, the carts full of hot pretzels
or cotton candy or Italian sodas.
There's a mime in the park today.
There's a mime in the park today,
and Dale spots him before Kelly does,
because Kelly is trying to decide between
cinnamon almonds or honey-roasted peanuts.
Dale waits impatiently until Kelly
picks out a paper cone of peanuts,
then grabs her by the hand
and tugs her over to where
the mime is "descending a staircase"
behind a portable screen.
He's really quite good.
Kelly laughs and claps
when he reappears
one step at a time.
The mime bites into
an imaginary apple
only to find a worm inside.
He creates a box,
unpacks smaller boxes
from inside it,
stacks them up,
Dale and Kelly are delighted
to find a busker that
both of them can enjoy.
Dale is also pleased to see his brochures
for the Street Arts & Buskers Advocates,
which encourages relationships between
performers and communities and police.
Kelly drops a five-dollar bill in the hat
before they continue on their way.
As they walk around the park,
Dale and Kelly tell everyone they know
about the wonderful mime.
By the time they finish their loop,
either he has figured it out
or someone has told him,
because when they reappear
he follows them with extravagant gestures,
strewing their path with flower petals
plucked from the garden of the mind.
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Olmsted Park is a favorite walking park in Jamaica Plain.
Street Arts & Buskers Advocates monitor and defend the rights of buskers and audiences. Street performance is currently legal and free in the Boston area (after some contention). There are instructions for buskers.
Mime Theatre is a traditional performance art based on visual rather than audio performance. Mimes use their body language to show the audience what they are imagining. Read about how to mime. The skill is a lot more challenging than it looks, and a talented performer can really put on an impressive show.