carousel (20160729)

the last night of the carnival
we found a carousel filled
with skeletal horses

the operator insisted
from inside a shadowed booth
that no tickets were necessary
everyone could ride

we watched silent children get on
but never off
as it spun slowly around
a single rotation
silent but for the sound
of gears, never any music
never a ringing bell
for the capture
of the brass ring

only dusty footprints

14 thoughts on “carousel (20160729)”

  1. I couldn’t put it better than Oglach. Reminds me of one of my favourite films – Carnival of Souls

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