One of my favorite rides at the amusement park has always been the carousel. I think it’s because on the surface, it’s predictable in it’s movement but not in where or when it starts and stops. I like routine and predictability so I am drawn to this ride. I also like the artistry of the carousel, which is embodied in the ornately painted animals and lively music played as you ride up and down and around and around. So, no matter which amusement park we’ve visited, I’ve gravitated towards the carousel.
The poem I’ve written for Poetry Friday was inspired by the daily prompt for the RagTagDaily Prompt (RDP) today – the word carousel. The carousel lends itself to be used metaphorically in my piece, as well.
Carousel of Life Round and round you go, Where you’ll get off, nobody knows. Will you pick a stallion with a mane so black; Or a unicorn, so unusual, your jaw will go slack? The ride starts the minute you arrive, Hop on or you’ll miss your life’s drive. Round and round you go, Where you’ll get off, nobody knows. The music starts up after a couple of spins, Making the ride more likely to lift your chin. Lights blink too if you’re lucky enough To have a fancy machine take you through all kinds of stuff. Round and round you go, Where you’ll get off, nobody knows. Crowds of spectators stand by to watch, Spinning and spinning, it’s really topnotch! Mothers, fathers, siblings, friends and strangers, too All there to watch and protect you from the dangers that might come due. Round and round you go, Where you’ll get off, nobody knows. On this carousel ride, there are ups and downs. The only thing certain is that the end makes you frown. It’s over all too fast, you see. Choose your animal and ride, wild and free! Round and round you go, Where you’ll get off, nobody knows. © Draft, Carol Labuzzetta, 2021
Today’s Poetry Friday round up is hosted by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. Thanks for hosting Margaret! Please take a minute to stop by her page to see an awe inspiring poem and photograph done in collaboration, as well as links to other poets/writers.
The Ragtag Daily Prompt can be found, here. If you like words and need inspiration, it is a great page to add to your arsenal. Thanks for offering the opportunity to participate to anyone!