A Girl in the Red Bowler Hat


A Girl in the Red Bowler Hat


The girl in a red

bowler hat

made me smile

as she

bounced up

and down

and waved from

the back

of her elephant ..

And then

again, as she

blew an innocent

kiss, in my

vague direction ..

But that was

so long ago now ..

When all the

colours held fast

and were in

the right places ..

Oh’ such

halcyon days,

when I dreamt

of nothing

but being, a blue

eyed and shiny,

red nosed

clown for her ..

And of course,

for her elephant ..

Sadly, such days

are long

gone away now

and nothing

is left, except

for a few

dry smudges on

the rim of

some discarded

and otherwise,


colour wheel ..

An occasional


and of course,

this old scribble ..



  • Author: Neville (Offline Offline)
  • Published: August 3rd, 2023 00:52
  • Comment from author about the poem: no circus girls, or elephants were harmed in the making ..
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 30
  • Users favorite of this poem: LIZ, Teddy.15, MendedFences27, L. B. Mek.
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  • Bobby O

    That’s true treasure.
    The wheel snd the write.

    • Neville

      Absolutely priceless sir .. thank you Bobby .. Neville

    • LIZ

      I love this one!! Days when things were simple and innocent!! ❤️

      • Neville

        thanks LIZ .. I just wish I could remember ❤️

        • LIZ

          It's hard to. BUT, we can make new memories!!! ❤️

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        • Teddy.15

          Just beautiful in every way, pain can bring such art as this. 💖

          • Neville

            .. there is that certain point isn't there between .. well you know, don'tcha .. bless you T ❤️

          • orchidee

            Good write Gold.
            KP was an elephant-rider in a circus. One day she fell off. The elephant stepped on her, but its foot bounced off her, as she is full of botox! lol.
            Don't ya just love it when she's taken down a peg or two.

            • Neville

              What's Gold got to do with it

              • orchidee

                Oops, a confused laddie, me! I meant Goldfinch, who didn't even write this poem. lol.
                Good write N. Are you 'N'?

              • Bobby O

                That’s true treasure.
                The wheel snd the write.

              • Parisab

                I just imagined a boy looking at a vintage circus post card…this poem seems subliminal and I wonder what Jung would have said! So beautiful…

                • Neville

                  how cool is that, you must have crawled inside my head .. Jung would surely have a field day .. thanking you P is so bloomin easy my friend .. 💛

                • Doggerel Dave

                  Loved the circus...and the fantasies I had about the lady on the flying trapeze... until the sawdust got the better of my asthma.
                  Never mind - the evocation was all...

                  • Neville

                    .. her name wasn't Sal Butamol by any chance .. nah' that would be too much of a coincidence 🙂

                    • Doggerel Dave

                      From memory it was Nive- someone or other...apart from the asthma I forgot to mention the temporary blindness.....

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                    • jarcher54

                      My wife had an uncle who ran away in his mid-teens and joined the circus back in the 1930's. He was apparently a clown and a roadie. If I recall, you've had an eye issue that affects colors? Well, maybe that clown career is off the table, but you are now MPS's court jester so there's that!

                      • Neville

                        How extraordinarily interesting .. thank you for sharing J .. .. I struggle with blue 💙

                      • orchidee

                        KP's got a naughty elephant joke, but she can't repeat it in public - requests for it via e-mail, please! lol.

                      • MendedFences27

                        The girl may have forgotten you but the elephant sure as hell hasn't.
                        A most intriguing poem. A memory from the past relived and now memorialized forever. Life's crossroads cause the most colorful meetings. This is a classic, - Phil A.

                        • Neville

                          What a brilliant review note Phil .. thank you so much sir ... Neville

                        • Goldfinch60

                          Those memories bring back such wonderful memories Neville.


                          • Neville

                            cheers Andy

                          • L. B. Mek

                            you've perfected your flow and timing
                            in your trademark poetic, conversational style
                            it all reads so effortless
                            even on a first read, it feels like something I've practised before

                            • Neville

                              if there is a single word, that when translated, conveys how thrilled, I presently feel .. then please write it along the following dotted line .. ................................ Neville

                            • Violet bluebell( used to be yellow rose)

                              Lovely writing , Neville )). I love the soft tone to this poem and the way the words flow

                              So nicely expressed

                              • Neville

                                bless you Violet .. 🤍

                              • Sunsetmet

                                This is lovely how it is worded Elephant to me good luck I love them

                                • Neville

                                  Many thank you's Sunsetmet .. I am honoured that you should visit my little scrble and leave something behind .. Neville

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