An amusement ride at the 2007 Seville Fair in ...

An amusement ride at the 2007 Seville Fair in Seville, Spain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Light spangled carnival
A terror of clowns
Jangling music plays
Discordant sounds
Within these shadows cast
Secrets abound
Who was that riding
The merry-go-round?

Carnival creatures play
Games you can’t win
Mazes return now to
Where you begin
Mirrors repeat you till
Thoughts turn and spin
Look in the eyes of your
Long lost dead twin

All of the rides you take
Food you consume
Spinning like dervishes
All cross the room
Deep in your stomach
A strange fear will bloom
Is there a way for your
Life to resume?

Light spangled carnival
Colours the dark
Taunts you till dawn arrives
Up with the lark
Masks hiding faces
Yet making their mark
All of the joy you sought
Merely a spark

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About helenvalentina

Like most people, I have a number of sides to me. The most interesting one probably emerges through my writing, hence this blog. I love to read, and also to write, and so this is a way to share both.
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18 Responses to Carnival

  1. Brian Hughes says:

    “A terror of clowns” – I always wondered what the collective noun for clowns was. Now that I know it makes perfect sense. ‘Murder’ had already been nicked by the crows.

  2. ksbeth says:

    this is very well written, and your choice of words describe the feel perfectly. i am terrified of clowns and carnivals make me queasy just to think of them, them seem to have a dark underbelly. creepy!

  3. Always thought carnivals were dark places and you have confirmed my opinion. Nicely done.

  4. Congratulations!
    I have nominated your blog for the Best Moment Award.
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    • Thank you so much, that is so kind of you! I may not have time to follow through the nomination rules…my time is crazy limited at the moment because of work…but do know I really, really appreciate you thinking of me!! 🙂 🙂

  5. beeseeker says:

    Ever read “something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury.
    Damned right there’s something spooky about carnivals – and you have captured the sinister aspects behind the crazy in this piece.
    Good to see the word “spangled” again – wherever has it been?.
    But long lost dead twin – whoa!

    and, reading this I realised one letter difference between mask and mark.

    Sleep well !

    • LOL..thanks…I did sleep well after writing this actually, so maybe it was cathartic!! Thanks so much for your kind words!! 🙂 Oh, and I read a lot of Ray Bradbury when I was young, so perhaps some of it stayed with me. 🙂

  6. My friend and I were having a conversation about the fair and carnival yesterday! She really wants to go so I should show her this poem, lol. She may change her mind afterwards 😉

  7. I join Brian in enjoying your “a terror of clowns” and in admiring your writing.

  8. Hate clowns…..loved this!!! 🙂

  9. This is fantastically spooky!

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