Somewhere Between Life and the Carnival


Here we are in September, and I’m still hanging in there with my post a day challenge. I have written a lot of poetry using different styles since I started in January. I’m not saying it has been great poetry. I’ll admit most of it wouldn’t win any contests. Surprisingly, Word Daddy has stuck with me through the ordeal. He still says he wants a raise. This month I plan to write Soliloquies. These are rambling monologues where the poet has conversations with herself. I believe this will be my biggest challenge since I don’t often talk to myself. I want to put a disclaimer right at the front of the adventure. The views expressed are the inner dialog of the poet. They might be total bs, but they are real. The first poem in this series I will call Somewhere Between Life and the Carnival.

Somewhere Between Life and the Carnival

They say, “what goes around comes around,”

while the horses on the carousel move up and down.

The carny barker, with his antics and charades

He yells out his ruse long after the organ music fades.

A subtle ploy to separate a fool from his money,

“Say, buddy wouldn’t you like to win this bunny?

A dollar for one ring for ten I’ll take a five,

Ain’t it mighty great to feel so alive.”

Up and down the midway lights flutter and dance,

There is excitement in the air with a hint of romance.

They paint face over by where they sell the snow cones.

I noticed a pirate prancing with a neckless of old bones.

The bearded lady is missing her two front teeth.

There’s no telling what she’s wearing underneath,

That hooped skirt and silk petticoats layered deep.

Don’t look now. It will only make you weep,

To discover she is one of the many illusions,

Found in this freak show festival of confusions.

Somewhere between life and the carnival

The mundane blends with the magical

Out beyond the hardship and strife,

Closing the cantankerous circle of life.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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