Fairground – dVerse MTB

I feel like cotton candy: sugar and air
You know I’ll taste of fairgrounds –
sugar, grease, too much adrenaline.
Right now, the world’s a helter skelter
and I’m just barely hanging on here.
I’m screaming. It’s all too much –
I mean the music, and the lights, and
that girl swaying where she stands.
The whole world’s hot dog shaped,
too smoky and too salty. We’re heading up
and out – my heart’s a chair-o-plane,
a roller coaster, and this soft pink
camouflage is fooling nobody. Not even me.
I fired the gun and hit the ace of spades.
I threw the ball. I missed the prize,
but I got you, hot hand clenched tight and sticky,
face flashing in the broken light
from the headspinning waltzers. You and me,
we never walk, we run,
we never talk, we laugh,
we never stop. We keep on going,
way beyond the last ride,
and the dark place, where there’s someone
retching noisily, and someone moaning,
way beyond the Ferris Wheel, up high
beyond that great Big Dipper. Hold me tight –
I’m only just still here, I’m everybody’s
candy dream – and you? You’re restless, and I know
you will always be restless. It’s in your blood.

 

This is for Amaya at dVerse, who gives us a fascinating prompt. I wasn’t sure how this was going to work out, but I think we got somewhere. Amaya told us to take  two quotes from two different books. We can choose them randomly, or with purpose. One forms the first line, one the last, and we must write the poem in between them. I chose a fairly random quote from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and The Virgin in the Garden by A S Byatt – both books are highly recommended, and neither have much to do with fairgrounds. I opened at a random page and chose a line that spoke to me.

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16 thoughts on “Fairground – dVerse MTB

  1. That’s a great choice of books, Sarah! I can’t wait for the next series of The Handmaid’s Tale. I love the feeling of movement in your poem and the excitement it evokes. I love the lines:
    ‘You know I’ll taste of fairgrounds –
    sugar, grease, too much adrenaline’
    and
    ‘I threw the ball. I missed the prize,
    but I got you, hot hand clenched tight and sticky,
    face flashing in the broken light
    from the headspinning waltzers. You and me’,

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  2. Your imagery is dead on for a dizzying world! This line stood out to me:
    “…that girl swaying where she stands.”
    How no one, even standing still, is unaffected by the earth’s spin, the crazy policies, and the storms in or outside the mind. The music, the lights… And I almost used cotton candy in my poem, going for disgusting and sweet, but went with saltwater taffy instead. Great poem, Sarah!

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  3. Oh this is so great. I always loved going and going and going at the carnival, way beyond the last ride! So well done. Makes me want to hold and be held…. tight!

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  4. This made me laugh: “The whole world’s hot dog shaped.” What a precise description of fairgrounds!

    And this made me wistful and nostalgic:
    “We keep on going,
    way beyond the last ride,
    and the dark place, where there’s someone
    retching noisily, and someone moaning,
    way beyond the Ferris Wheel, up high
    beyond that great Big Dipper. Hold me tight –
    I’m only just still here, I’m everybody’s
    candy dream – and you?”

    Beautiful, and filled with all kinds of darkness, but with light as well. Those constellations are brighter and closer with each passing minute!

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  5. Oh my goodness…..this is a powerful and “pull you in” kind of write! The extended comparison to the fairground is so very well done!
    “and this soft pink
    camouflage is fooling nobody. Not even me.” LOVED these lines….well, all the lines. And the ending quotation was perfect for the feeling and description and tone of the poem. Well done! It sure was a fascinating prompt, right?

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