Adam hitched his dinosaur to a covered wagon
He drove the Virgin Mary to the Faire.
Shiva rode behind them in a silver limousine
Combing out his long and flowing hair.
Joseph Smith was washing plates
In Moroni’s Golden Bull café
A tawdry ptomaine palace on
The carnival midway.
Satan runs the taco stand.
He’s always got a line.
Jesus works a ding there, too.
Changing water into wine.
Mary Magdalene’s his counter girl.
She fleeces all the marks.
Buddha works the cups and balls.
They gaff those sheep like sharks.
Ghandi owns the hot dog booth.
St. Paddy sells the beer.
Grab your meat and spread your buns!
The weenie roast is here!
Houdini has a tin cup and
Some clown’s got a duck.
They’re saving souls for nickels
Step up and try your luck!
John the Baptist fronts a burlesque act
His patter’s smooth and slick!
Like tinned sardines the drooling rubes
Inside his tent are packed eager for the trick.
Salome dances the Hoochie-Kootch with
A hot dog on a stick.
Noah’s in a big-top tent with his petting zoo.
He’s got Dodo birds and unicorns and velociraptors. Two!
Santa flies his reindeer around the center ring
As they perform Handel’s Messiah.
A most amazing thing!
Mighty Joe Young the gorilla my dreams!
Flies through the air with the greatest of ease
Ignoring the screams of the winsome young lass
That he snatched by the knees from her tenuous
Perch on the flying trapeze.
A maniacal clown vehicle races from the shadows
And careens headlong into the center ring
From whence emerge a horde of harlequins and
One oversized soprano who lifts her skirts and
So begins to sing.