The Greatest Bar Never Told


There is no bar at the Circus.

Circuses have been family friendly since they cleaned up their image

In Victorian times, when they became nice, and respectable.


(Honest. Really. I mean, would a Circus LIE to you?)


What is this, some kind of sporting event

where you need the cushion of a few undercooled,

overwatered beers

to get properly angry

at the person

sitting next to you,

cheering for the team that’s full of Villains?


Certainly not.


What is this, normal everyday

Where you need the padding of liquid life-cleaner

To forget your day job?


What is this?

This is a Circus,

Or, as far as it’s concerned, THE Circus

(accept no substitutions;

They’re not the right size to fit, anyway,

Being boringly finite.


This is a Circus,

And it doesn’t need

The world’s longest contiguous bar,

Or hawkers, yelling the names of assorted

Barely-alcoholic beverages

In the direction of your ear.


And if you could duck behind a

Certain tent flap,

You can buy a pencil

For the cost of a drink;


And the drink is what

Absinthe would be,

If it were made by,


And from



And it puts you into

A Faerietale

Which you could recognize,

If you really wanted,

As your Reality,

If everything in your Reality,

Had a bottle-glass Emerald Cityscape



Like something out of a


If movies could just

Break out of themselves

And into the more Implausible

Of potentialities.


And the virtues of this Elixir

Are not needful

To go into here,


Except to say that it doesn’t

Give you a Hangover;


It doesn’t need

To give you a Hangover;


Going back to the allegedly Real World

Is more than punishment


But what else are you going to do,

Join the Circus?

Jeff Mach Written by:

Jeff Mach is an author, playwright, event creator, and certified Villain. You can always pick up his bestselling first novel, "There and NEVER, EVER BACK AGAIN"—or, indeed, his increasingly large selection of other peculiar books. If you'd like to talk more to Jeff, or if you're simply a Monstrous Creature yourself, stop by @darklordjournal on Twitter, or The Dark Lord Journal on Facebook.

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