The Line of Good Taste

The Eight Clown Commandments.

1. I will keep my acts, performance and behavior in good taste while I am in costume and makeup. I will remember at all times that I have been accepted as a member of the clown club only to provide others, principally children, with clean clown comedy entertainment. I will remember that a good clown entertains others by making fun of himself or herself and not at the expense or embarrassment of others.

Clean clown comedy
Can such a thing exist
When cream pies alone
Are too much to resist

I read in the manual
Self deprecation is the way to go
Unfortunately I misread
And added self defecation to the show

It is a fine

A line
That links

A CLOWN’S PRAYER – Author Unknown

As I stumble through this life,
help me to create more laughter than tears,
dispense more happiness than gloom,
spread more cheer than despair.
Never let me become so indifferent
that I will fail to see the wonder
in the eyes of a child
or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.
Never let me forget that my total effort
is to cheer people, make them happy
and forget – at least momentarily –
all the unpleasantness in their lives.
And, in my final moment,
may I hear You whisper:
‘When you made My people smile,
you made Me smile.’

Senryü:a clowns (other) prayer

spinning plates and knives
and all those balls in the air
I’ll pray for my face

Weekly Theme:
International Clown Week
August 1-7

41 thoughts on “The Line of Good Taste

    1. It fascinates me just how many people have a fear of clowns. I love them.
      You should try watching ‘killer clowns from outer space,’ it’s an awful, campy horror film. It will have you laughing at clowns again.

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  1. Clown prayer? Woah. Well narrated.
    To be honest, I’m afraid of them. I was 12 when I attended circus & got to know about them.
    Ben 10 tv show too was a contributor of my fear as it showed one episode of clown…

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  2. That’s fantastic Mouse, love the play on the beatitudes here! 😁 “Whatever you do onto the least of my brethren, you do onto me.” Very clever! 👏👍

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  3. And despite the best intentions they started out with, they’re the stuff of nightmares and most successful horror films! Poltergeist has a lot to answer for 🙂 Plus I’ve never understood why Ronald McDonald is the face of McDonalds?

    I like the eight clown commandments though 🙂

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    1. Very true. But with the right writer you can make anything scary. Look at Victorian porcelain dolls, that shouldn’t be scary but here we are 😂
      Its astounding one of the most successful and well known businesses has a clown as a spokesperson and figurehead.
      Thanks ☺️

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      1. True. Anything is scary if you have an imagination. Victorian porcelain dolls are creepy as hell. Anything doll-like, mannequins, full-stop. The only thing I can think of that isn’t scary is pizza 😂

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  4. My grandmother collected clown figurines. I always was fascinated. My husband insisted that we NEVER have any of them in the house as he is not a fan of clowns…. So after she died I didn’t get one of the clowns. 😦

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    1. Thank you.
      Apparently it stems from a lack of trust. These people wear masks, with painted on expressions that may not reflect their actual emotions. Uncertainty, the unknown, the usual fear with a big over the top smile right in your face. 🤡

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  5. This was truly informative. I had no clue. I always thought clowns had so much sadness hidden beneath that happy face. I’ve grown to be more fascinated by them over the years. Thanks for sharing 🌸

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    1. Thank you for reading.
      For rules to be called commandments you know it’s serious. It’s a wonder they can appear joyful at all with this oppression hanging over them.
      The people under the paint are fascinating people.

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