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  Merry-go-round
by Maryanne Raphael
Monday, July 28, 2003


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This poem was written in Germany, during Fasching or Carnival when several people died in the midst of the celebration


Quand vient le vent avec les mains pleines de demain


Ich gehe nach mein viedersehen


to dry my poems in the rain.


          Merry-go-round


The people on the bus go up and down, up and down,


          up and down


And the broken carousel staggers to a stop


As the black  ponies are pulled out by their roots


And planted in Charlie's bar among the flowergirls


And the Charleston


takes us on our one way journey


through stone speakeasies


where smoking guns accompany


the moaning jazz:  as the slaves are called in


from the fields to entertain the frightened ghosts


and the cotton candy floats


on a tar lake:


while Helga lies across the bed,


her pale body brightened by streaks of red,


Sargeant Joe gives the order,


"No one is to touch the knife."


But Higgins pulls it out.


"I can't bear to watch the dead suffer."


 


 


 




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Reviewed by Jim Dunlap
I love the wind with its hands full of tomorrow. Great job.
Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader)
Wow what a powerful POWERFUL PIECE, excellantly penned!!!!
~Nikki~
Reviewed by Richard Vallance (Reader)
Wow, this is just GREAT!

Maryanne, am I EVER glad to discover at least one other multilingual poet on AUTHORSDEN! I just happened to notice the title of this poem in the new poems section, and it was funny, you know, because I once wrote one along the same lines (though it's not posted here!)

As I've said, this is very fine poetry... the rhythm is excellent, the alliteration (even between languages) is very effective, and the ending, well, what a wonderful surprise!

Love it! :) :) :)

Richard Vallance,
Ottawa, Ontario,
CANADA

Merci, mon amie!

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