I Do Hate Clowns…

I Do Hate Clowns…

Brief Intro: 

Images that are still unpleasant to me…even to this day…would have to be “Clowns”! They have about as much positive nostalgic association for me from when I was a kid as getting “carsick” on a long trip from crayon fumes! Feeling nauseas anyone? I Do Hate Clowns…

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From the Poetry Artist Still Known as: ManlyPoetryMan (Or Steve Walters):   

"Doo-Doo" the clown
“Doo-Doo” the clown
Clown from the Movie: "Problem Child"
Clown from the Movie: “Problem Child” (1990)
My sentiment exactly!
My sentiment exactly!
Ooooh...yeah, Scary Clown!
Ooooh…Yeah, Scary Clown!
Ronald McDonald
Ronald McDonald
This Clown looks like something from a Bad Dream!
This Clown looks like something from a Bad Dream!

“It” (TV mini-series; 1990) From a Stephen King novel

Pennywise-up close and personal!
Pennywise-up close and personal!


I Do Hate Clowns


I hate Clowns and their goofy masked expression…

Hiding beneath their smile…their own deep depression.

Jumping around together in some strange melee…

Using that crazy horn…instead of having something to say.

They could scare you…if you think about it…as a kid…

I know many times their plastic-coated empty faces did.

Michael Myers…Jason…The Exorcist…are not as scary as the Clown from “It”!

I can still see that Clown’s face…and unfortunately…may never forget.

What a whacky sense of humor to have…

Sometimes laughing…when you shouldn’t laugh.

Sometimes trying to be funny while wearing stupid frowns…

Ok…it’s official…I really do hate Clowns!

But…what is it that bothers me still…after years as an adult…

Did they trip me up…and laugh at me…or hurl a big insult?

I did not have a problem with them as part of the Circus show…

It’s when they get up in your face…that creeps me out…you know?

I am sitting here…trying to figure out…Why I would even write of them…

Of Childhood Birthday Parties and Circuses…a long time now it has been…

I’ve met a few of them…and talked…enough to call one an acquaintance or friend…

But deep down inside I have a question…which pops-up every now and then…

“What makes you paint that thick grease-paint mask over your face and to pretend?”

That holds enough of a crazy image in my brain…that with eyes closed…I can see again!.

A crazy face…that’s frozen in time…an image that will live to time’s end…

A smile plastered to your face that you try to give out…but may only lend!

I want to tell you to wipe that smile off of your face and remove it permanently…

“Dang-it”…that image of your “whacked-out” smile is now stuck in my memory…

That’s how it goes…and ultimately always the way it must be…for-ever…

The things that get stuck in our brains…though older…we just can’t shake ‘em…NEVER!

So…you can see that when this image comes to mind…it pisses me off a great deal…

There is no need for a psychological analysis…I’ll tell you exactly how I feel.

That stupid mask you’re wearing mushed to your face…The one with all the frowns…

It looks just like I feel right now…Damn…I do hate Clowns!


A real old song about the expressions of a “Clown”:


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10 thoughts on “I Do Hate Clowns…

  • November 25, 2021 at 2:55 PM

    Excellent and you have it right, Boy, do I hate clowns, I was always a bit nervous around them and a child but then Stephen King came up with Pennywise and the did it, I see a clown anywhere near and its feet don’t fail me now,

    • November 29, 2021 at 7:15 PM

      Yes…it is hard to stay any where around “Clowns” when the visual of “Pennywise” comes to mind. I was never a big fan of “Clowns” as a kid…So the thought of one being down in the street drains…just epitomized the fact that “I Do Hate Clowns!”. Thank you for reading and commenting on this one, Rasma.

  • November 26, 2021 at 1:21 AM

    Clowns are downright freaky. You captured the sentiments of many of us very well. I know some kids are terrified of Santa Claus but he has nothing on most creepy clowns.

    • November 29, 2021 at 7:11 PM

      Yes…Freaky…Clowns are downright freaky! Thanks for reading this one on “Clowns”…Yuk!

  • November 26, 2021 at 4:27 AM

    Clowns are a different breed of mysterious folks. I never really found them funny, rather odd and scary at times. Well done, Steve.

    • November 29, 2021 at 7:10 PM

      They really aren’t that funny…if you think about it. That fake expression that they wear…is kind’a creepy, also. Thanks for the comment and the reading of this one, Phyllis.

  • December 2, 2021 at 7:35 PM

    Yeah agree Steve, they aren’t funny and are just plain creepy. The movie, Killer Clowns from Outer Space always scares the hell out of my wife. She hates clowns as well. My favorite clown is the Joker, at least he doesn’t hide it. He’s evil just like all clowns seem to be. Nice work Steve.

    • December 3, 2021 at 6:10 PM

      Thank you, Paul. Yep they are plain creepy…for sure. And, they aren’t funny…you’re right about that. That face they make…as seen in some of the photos of Clowns…reminds me of what my expression must look like when I’m sick to my stomach. Yet, they are “happy” to always make that face…go figure!? Thanks for reading this one and for commenting.

    • December 6, 2021 at 2:57 PM

      That’s probably for the best…Ha! You can’t really tell what their true expression is behind all that “made-up” face…Yikes! Thank you for reading and commenting on tis one, Jamie


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