The Sideshow Attraction



Hello, little miss.

Come in.  Take a peak.

Welcome to the fair

filled with sights you’ve never seen.

Do you want to see something?

Something interesting and new?


Come here.  Look at this.

A madam with no heart.

Well, a heart made of stone.

It once had a beat

and it once could bleed.

But what once was

is now nowhere to be seen.


Go ahead.  Try and listen,

but I promise you my dear,

you’ll never hear a peep.

Not a thing, I swear.

The only mass there

is a cold, grey solid.

Warmth and love can no longer touch it.


But I’ve heard stories of her organ.

I’ve heard stories of its core.

I’ve heard that it’s beautiful,

something from out of this world.

I’ve heard many great things,

but of all have seen none.


So come in.  Take a peak.

For five cents more,

you can ask her yourself.

Go ahead.  Find out

just what made her this way.



About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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