The Carousel

This is what we have
               and we don’t have time
                          to stand here
          hoping the thing

will stop itself
               or shift into reverse.
                          It’s jammed in gear
          and that’s that.

And look at it—
               the paint’s cracked,
                          there’s a horse with no reins, 
          bulbs busted,

the platform is warped,
               and damn it, damn it all.
                          But the organ doesn’t skip,
          the bearings are greased—

Jesus, woman,
               jump on the thing!
                          It plays and it works.
          It's the best there is.

And in case you haven’t noticed,
               it’s all there is:
                          the rest of the carnival
          packed up and left.
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4 thoughts on “The Carousel

  1. s a few hours ago and particularly like the line breaks — looks like you’ve since edited them to be more standard. I found it more redolent of an old carousel with the broken up words. The fractured words really had me picturing the cracked paint and other infirmities of the old carousel.

    Oh well. Editing.

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    • First of all, thank you. And no, I will not stop. This gets better, trust me. Also, I haven’t edited this since posting it a few hours ago, so the line structure should still appear intact. At least, it does on my laptop. When you viewed it again, did you do so on a different device perhaps? I’m glad you got the visceral effect of the line breaks, though. That was my intent. And you might be able to edit your comment(s) now that I’ve approved them. Let me know if you’re able to. And thanks again.

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