FNS: Carousel by Judith R. Robinson

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Every Friday night we feature a short story, essay, personal narrative,
poem, spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.

Tonight’s poem is from Judith R. Robinson


I who want speed
tumble
& crash

struggle to right myself

ponies bow down
ivory teeth bared
nostrils spread wide

I roll to my left
creep
to my knees

ponies spin on
edges blend & blur
angels & cherubs watch

my body go down
again
& again

ponies rear back
painted hoofs rise
blank eyes stare

full circle mechanics
fuel whistles & horns plexiglas hearts

wounds will heal
swellings recede
scars will be pink

but not pretty
unlikely roses
roses as bruises on limbs & on lips

& ponies spin on


Judith R. Robinson is an editor, teacher, fiction writer and poet. A 1980 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she is listed in the Directory of American Poets and Writers.She has published 75+ poems, four poetry collections, one fiction collection; edited or co-edited eleven poetry collections.

 

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