Senryu : labour day

Brewhouse mural, Tucson, photo by M. LaFreniere, all rights reserved
Brewhouse mural, Tucson, done in the style of the 1930s, celebrating farmers and the working class

holiday for work
all the things everyone does
go to the circus

senryu by M. Nakazato LaFreniere

I just watched the Greatest Showman about PT Barnum from his working class roots to a poverty-stricken orphan to the top of the world back down again and back up.

I love musicals. It’s a tale of an open-minded man who really really wants to be rich.  In pursuing high class society, he starts to take on the worse of the narrow-mindedness to get accepted which of course he never will be.  His wife, who came that class and happily left it, understood that money buys neither love, happiness or acceptance because she knew that world.  She understood it’s better to be loved by a precious few than to chase after the adulation of millions.  It took Barnum a little longer to get there.

Barnum’s inner journey is set against a backdrop of unusual people who have to face prejudice everyday and find a home in the world he created.  And a snippy journalist understands Barnum’s legacy is not the show, but the way he is the first to bring together a diverse group of people in a setting where others, even royalty, accept them — at  a time when being different could get you maimed or killed.

From Amazon:

Greatest Showman, Hugh Jackman (HD or SD)
Cecile B. DeMille’s Greatest Show on Earth, Charlton Heston
The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

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RDP Monday Prompt : Labour
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P. T.  Barnum

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