Joan Boxall — Clown Villanelle

Poem author: Joan Boxall Poem title: Clown Villanelle Poem: The look of the clown suited you With glasses, moustaches, beards or dyed hair— That slapstick witty point of view. What’s a myopic schizophrenic supposed to do With fear and confusion—hallucinogenic fare? The look of the clown suited you. With gymnastic skill and artistry too, You applied your powder with debonair— That slapstick witty point of view. Your foes imagined, your friends were few— Bip’s Art of Silence you did wear— The look of the clown suited you. Tragicomic characters emerged anew With each sure stroke, you did bare That slapstick, witty point of view. Melancholic triumph did imbue The figures extraordinaire. The look of the clown suited you— That slapstick witty point of view. End of Poem. Credits: Copyright © Joan Boxall Originally published in DrawBridge: Drawing Alongside My Brother’s Schizophrenia (Caitlin Press, 2019) Joan Boxall is a retired English teacher turned creative non-fiction writer. She received a bachelor’s degree in physical education with an English and French major from the University of British Columbia. She taught English, French and PE to teens in Cranbrook and Delta before acquiring a TESL certificate in adult education. She contributes her non-fiction work regularly to Inspired 55+ Lifestyle Magazine. DrawBridge is her first book. She lives in North Vancouver with her husband.