Circus (Tales From The Urban Prairie #26)


Some kids from Barnsley came round

with their geography teacher

to point and gaze in wonderment –

to pity the decaying, failed estate.


“A lack of planning,” he explained,

chest puffed and all-knowing.

“A social experiment,” forgetting that

he was being watched. Not by

the Pinhead or the Bearded Lady


but the kids on the walkways

who took offense and threw

potatoes at them – playing to type

for a terrified audience.


“Who were they to judge?

It’s not like they’re

from Harrogate or York!

Barnsley! And they’re

looking down on us!”


The teacher screamed

for his class to run

having learned

an important lesson.


You don’t poke a tiger

and expect it not to bite.


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