Saturday, May 26, 2012

Too Long At The Fair

Too Long at the Fair
A Cautionary Tale 
with a  Happy Ending


You put me on your midway
you dressed me in a sack,
you gave me beads you’d won at bottle toss
then promptly took them back.

The cotton candy kisses
didn’t last  outside the tent
but the marks you brought to see me,
they never seemed to end.

You made me tell their fortunes
all miserably the same,
charged a dollar for admission
and a quarter for each claim.

They chewed their grease like cattle
as they pointed at my face
where your words scrawled as graffiti
had taken reason’s place.

I left your crooked shell game
where you always hid the bean
and ran off with the carny hick
from the Tilt-a-Whirl machine.

Now we’ve seven strapping farmboys
in our fields under the skies
and each night I get a corn dog
that would win the Fair’s First Prize.



May 2012


Posted for   Poetics   at dVerse Poets Pub
Claudia is hosting a fairgrounds rollar coaster ride over at the pub today. Come join us--the gates stay open at 3:00 PM EST through midnight Sunday.


Optional Musical Accompaniment




Image: Salome, by Alphonse Mucha, 1897
Public Domain, via Wikipaintings.org


27 comments:

  1. haha you found your fair...and what a sorrid a-fair it is...haha...run off with the tilt a whirl guy...and you get the corn dog every night, how could a girl resist you know...smiles...this was a delight...some wonderful touches, gaffiti on the face...chewing their grease, eww....smiles...fun...

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    1. Well, the Fair is supposed to be fun, and not that elite, artsy-fartsy kinda fun, either. ;_)

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  2. Haha! I may have snorted my hot beverage on the corn dog line.

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  3. so good hedge...i just love your sense of humour... glad you made the escape...just have to find out what a Tilt-a-Whirl machine is...

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  4. I adore this, love the mood, the rhyme, the humour.... and Bonnie Raitt as well - does it get any better?

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  5. I loved the rhythm, rhyme and its flow. And also the way how the poem grow..,
    amazing write :)

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  6. I was not expecting silly, I must say. Love the ending too.

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    1. Sometimes it just escapes my iron control--the silly, that is.

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  7. Despite some of the sad images in this, it was a fun read. Loved the rhythm and rhyme. And I really like this line: "They chewed their grease like cattle." Oh, yeah.

    Great last line, too!

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  8. Hedge, this is outstanding. From rhyme scheme to wit, such a fun piece. Thanks

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  9. KILLER! OMG, I roared and am still rolling in laughter...thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  10. My favorite part is the little subtitle. Happy ending indeed! *smirk*

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  11. Ah cool... nice...that's just the way to escape to a happy ever after!

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  12. My favorites are the first stanza and the last two.

    Goodness, this is excellent:
    "where your words scrawled as graffiti
    had taken reason’s place"

    Thank goodness you got away from that guy. But I'm not sure the happy ending sounds that happy to me. Corn dogs are too greasy. ;) And besides, with 7 kids, when do you have time to eat corn dogs?! LOL.

    The "fields under the skies" part is pretty.

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    1. Shawna, you have either a saintly pure mind, or a rare gift of sarcasm going on. Thanks much. This was strictly for laughs, though of course, I always have to throw a little personal angst in. ;_)

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  13. nice smooth rhyme. i like the cotton candy kiss the best

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  14. Very funny and much enjoyed (even though I'm vegetarian, ha!) k.

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  15. Superb. Would make a great song!

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  16. Hillarious! What a slam-dunk last line! Love it!

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  17. ha ha ha...actually I said, "buhahahaha"...love this!

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  18. i got a big smile outta this, nicely done ;-)

    this one was esp striking i thought,

    "They chewed their grease like cattle
    as they pointed at my face
    where your words scrawled as graffiti
    had taken reason’s place."

    but doesn't beat the ending ;-)

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  19. I love that you win the countryside jackpot withe the carny hick--nicely spun.

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  20. Such fun. I like "you made me tell their fortunes/all miserably the same" Like the rhyme too.

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  21. This made me laugh out loud! Just perfect!

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  22. I like the oxymoron roller coaster character of this poem very much: you seem to change my mood with every line. I laughed out loud at the final stanza!

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