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Against the bell
she had clambered
to secure the lion’s neck
before little devils
of excitement and greed
claimed him first.

But she fell from
the mountain of his head—
on the wooden floor,
in someone’s puddle
of smuggled ice cream.

She had been deceived
by his good looks,
by his wry grin,
by his flowing mane,
and she had been scalded,
beaten down by heat, scared away.

Then a woman came in
and roughhoused the lion;
she tried to tame him
with a mother’s firm hands
and tried to ask
if he could be kinder.

But the lion roared
at this woman, this
false tamer, master.
He bellowed against
her demand,
against the music
that enslaved him.

Wild chimpanzees
and towering elephants
threatened to chase him, too—
but the girl rose to meet
his regal saddle again.

She patted his sable mane
and softened, melted him
more than the summer heat
ever could.
And at her request
and the bell's chime,
he chased the yellow giraffe
before her.

She derives her courage
from riding lions,
from taming the ones
that throw her
to wooden floors,
sometimes to concrete,
in someone’s melted ice cream,
in waste.

She gets up
to chase dreams
like she chases giraffes—
dreams twice her height,
dreams just out of reach,
but dreams that one day
she can rise to,
meet the saddle,
and take the reins.
One of my favorite things to do at work (unless it was 100 degrees outside, like it will be today and the rest of this week), was to operate the carousel. I was inspired to write this poem when I started working, and am glad to have finished it.

Suggestions and comments are welcome. If you think there is a particular stanza that needs to be omitted, let me know; this poem is a little long for my liking.

(I most likely will edit this again at some point.)
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xxBatzyxx Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very visual and interesting :)
Koahara Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!
TheInfiniteChaos Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is really quite powerful. I also think that it's neat you drew inspiration from a carousel, and now I can see where it really shines through in the piece. Lovely work!
Koahara Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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