Saturday, July 17, 2010

Dancing Bear at The Nightime Circus

Danny O'Dare, the dancing bear,
Ran away from the County Fair,
Ran right up to my back stair
And thought he'd do some dancin' there.

He did the Polka, he did the Twist,
He bent himself into a pretzel like this.
He did the waltz and the boog-a-loo
He did the hokey pokey too.
He did the bop and the mashed potato,
He did the Split and the See Ya Later.
And now he's down upon one knee,
bowin' oh so charmingly,
And winkin' and smilin'- Its easy to see,
Danny O'Dare wants to dance with me.

shel silverstein

The Night time Circus animals are found in the woods when off duty, often at the riverside as you can see. There is also Rabbit bareback rider, drum playing Elephant, Tiger of many stripes, and the Lion who could not roar. Admission is free, but it's difficult to find them, they keep they're preformance locations rather quiet. Next time you're in the woods when the stars are cast densely across the sky, and the moon is low, listen for shouts and laughter, oooo's and ahhh's , and you have probably found them.
Their motto is: Pour etre forte. Pour etre libre. Pour la danse!
Att vara stark. Att vara fri. Att dansa!
Para ser fuerte. Para ser libre. Para bailar!
To be strong. To be free. To dance!

xx
julie

juliewhitmorepottery.etsy.com

27 comments:

cabin fever said...

Julie!

Love Mr. Dancing Bear, such a sweet face. He looks like he is having fun in the water, too.

You know, I heard a big ruckus in my woods the other night. The stars were out and there was a full moon. I thought I heard laughing and singing. Even the cat was nervous.

Now I know what it was...!!!

xoxoxo Liz

April said...

I'm going to sneak down to the woods and have a peak at the dancing. I'm a terrible dancer but maybe they'll ask me to join them anyway, since they sound like such a happy crew! What a Wonderful Bear!

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

'To be strong. To be free. To dance.' I love that statement and also love your adorable dancing bear! Lesley x

susan jenkins said...

Love, love,love your dancing bear! Love your wonderful addition of the poem, smiled as i was reading.
Wonderful!!

love, sister

cabin fever said...

Julie-

PS - I bet Andrew knows those dancing animals. What a wonderful motto for him - To be strong. To be free. And yes, To dance!!!!!

pammalu said...

he is beautiful!
What's around his ankle?

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Hey there Pammalu,
Its a bracelet of bells, tambourine in his paw, but I bet you knew that.
xx

vicki said...

Oh my Julie - he is just adorable - and I love his tambourine! He looks like he came straight from a carnival or circus - just precious. Wonderful, wonderful creation.

Vicki

lilylovekin said...

Love the dancing bear, when I go to the woods this week, I'll be quiet and maybe I'll hear them dancing.

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Julie. Your dancing bear is PRECIOUS!!!! I love him so!!! You are so amazing girl...so very talented ~ I hope you are doing wonderful sweet friend, hugs and love, Dawn

A Time to Dance said...

I love your dancing bear and the picture of the real bears...did you take it? lots of love H

claire said...

Hey Julie, great poem and I love the bear, tambourine and all. I'm a bit jealous as we don't have woods as such in this corner of the globe, but I can just imagine the circus animals performing under the stars.
What a wonderful mental picture you have cojured up for all of us.
When I go outside tonight to look at the stars I shall listen very carefully........
Thanks for dropping by and saying 'hi' always lovely to have you come visit.

Patricia Griffin said...

Love your world of whimsy Julie!

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

this sent me to the moon...and right back...

outstanding...
i read it to my poppy..and told him....julie...what a talent...

the bear...darling..the story of the animals in the woods...

so charming that it brought a tear to my eye....

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Aww, he's so adorable! :) ♥

Lori ann said...

Of course a dancing bear! oh Julie, it's a miracle what happens to clay (is it clay?) in your hands. So charming, I love the bear!

Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka said...

Come on, let's be strong and free,let's dance together and let us talk some swedish too;)
You are so great Julie, love the dancing bear!
En stor kram (A big hug)
Becky

Kat Langford said...

The mysterious night bear arrives! I just love your sense of humor and immense imagination. The little Morris bells around his ankle is the perfect touch. He looks very self-possessed. He knows he is one of the stars of this special circus! Cheers!

Laura said...

super. my spirit is soaring. thanks:)

Julie said...

What a sweet bear! You just have to love Shel Silverstein.

Maggie Ann said...

Julie, how uplifting your posts are. A great tonic! Again, if your posts were in a book, I'd surely try to buy one. =)

angelina said...

love the bear . is he eating a hotdog!

annamaria said...

Love your dancing bear Julie!There is such joy in your work!Thank you!
Annamaria xx

Zuzu said...

Hello Julie,
I just found your blog via hens teeth... so happy to be here! And you quote Shel Silverstein! :)
I'm adding your blog to my blogroll, and look forward to visiting often!
Happy day to you,
Zuzu

Lisa Zinza said...

I just love your shop.. & didn't know you do buttons.. I got a peek at Hens Teeth bog today. I noticed your cupboards are bare in your shop
:o(
Will you be adding buttons? soon???
please....

~:o)

Twiglet said...

Have just followed a link to yours from hens teeth. What fabulous work you produce - I have spent ages browsing your blog - thanks for sharing!

Lesley said...

Hello! I love your dancing bear. What a lovely character. Now the nights are starting to draw in here it won't be long before I'm in the woods in the dark again! I will definitely be keeping an eye out! x

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