Daily’s Circus

Posted: March 8, 2017 in Friday Fictioneers
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Good golly! It’s Wednesday-Friday again. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for being the maestro that keeps our band of Friday Fictioneers in the flash fiction tent.

photo prompt by Shaktiki Sharma

Daily repaired tatters on the tents with rounds of shiny black plastic.
Adds zing he thought.
Truth be told, his circus was falling apart.

The ants protested against pulling tiny wooden carts.
The bears refused to make popcorn.
Daily missed the smell.

Last week the buffalo went on strike.
Lumbered away, grumbling, “No more bicycling for us!”
Didn’t even remove their striped overalls.
Daily had them arrested for stealing.

He had one act left.
The Flying Zambezi Brothers. Red-headed tots that
whizzed through the air without a trapeze.
“Humans are so stupid.”
Daily rubbed his wings together and smiled.



  1. Sandra says:

    The circus sounds to be in a downward spiral. Just hope the Zambezi’s aren’t too.

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  2. Dear Lish,

    Now that must’ve been some circus! I wonder how well the ants got along with the bears? Fun take on the prompt.



    PS Yes, humans can be stupid. 😉

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    • I’m glad you found the circus fun. As I told Sandra, I decided not to kill anyone today. Going on the light side. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. Have a wonderful day.


  3. James says:

    A circus run by the critters. Doesn’t seem to be working out too well.

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  4. trentpmcd says:

    Seems I must have gone down a rabbit hole to reach a circus like this. Fun story.

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  5. granonine says:

    And I am smiling, too.

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  6. This might be the coolest circus I’ve ever seen. Love the image of a bear refusing to make treats. And the comment about human beings, well… I can’t say that I disagree–we can be quite dense.

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  7. Lynn Love says:

    Ah, I love this! Love the world you’ve woven, pulled me right into your dreams, Alicia. Gorgeous

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  8. rgayer55 says:

    I am guessing this was a flea circus and now that it’s closing the proprietor will open a market with many booths that sell antiques, knick-knacks, and paddy-whacks. Someone–please–give that dog a bone.

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  9. Dale says:

    I absolutely loved this.
    And … I loved the voice of your’n critters. Wonder how the stupid humans had to watch the ant act…

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  10. Sarah Ann says:

    Great twist. I love where you went with this. Your story has left me imagining what other acts the circus might have 🙂

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  11. Iain Kelly says:

    Love this take, excellent 🙂

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  12. What a charming story! Simply fabuloso!!!

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  13. Carl Bystrom says:

    The circus is dead. Long live the circus!


  14. Amy Reese says:

    Thank goodness for the Flying Zambezi Brothers. They saved the day. Those stupid, helpless humans. Such an imaginative take, Alicia.

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  15. draliman says:

    This is why I never put grasshoppers in charge of anything important 🙂 At least there are still the Zambezi brothers.

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  16. Rommy says:

    I was amused by the whimsical descriptions. Hopefully the circus’ fortunes can be turned around somehow.

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  17. Aww love that last line. Nice and fun 😃

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  18. This conjured up some wonderful visions. Loved the ants refusing to pull wooden carts!

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  19. Joy Pixley says:

    What a varied circus that is! Or rather, was. Daily has his work cut out for him now. Fun story!

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  20. plaridel says:

    loved it. perhaps you could expand it into a short story for children.


  21. So Daily isn’t a human! I love this story. It’s so quirky. That last line is a treat, with him rubbing his wings together in obvious glee. I sense that those Zambesi brothers are going to come a cropper before not-too long. Brilliant stuff, Alicia.

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  22. k rawson says:

    Wonderful piece of whimsy. I love the image of buffaloes on bicycles especially.

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  23. michael1148humphris says:

    I got right to the end of the comments, to say how I liked the buffaloes on bikes, and K Rawson just beat me to it.🙂

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  24. gahlearner says:

    That grasshopper is a worthy director, the suit is perfect. Too bad that his circus is doing so bad. Fun story, Alicia. Err, that sounds oddly strange. 😉 And adds to the fun.

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  25. Michael Wynn says:

    I really liked this. It’s not just fun but surreal and really imaginative. Thanks.

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  26. Love this.. you really played with all the animals… I guess for a trapeze artist wings can be considered doping.

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  27. The last line got me. You made me smile.

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  28. Laurie Bell says:

    I love the circus idea. Well told. Sounds like he might make it survive regardless of the number of acts he has

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  29. mjlstories says:

    Daily is a bit of a spiv! Lovely stuff!

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  30. Reminds me of Night Circus: the magic, the crazy details and twisty turns. Love it, Lish. I am constantly in wonder at how your imagination works. It’s dreamy.

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