At the school picnic
Riding the merry go round
on the last day of school
at the school picnic,
March music smooth, cool as a current of
water on the evening breeze of mid June
coursing through the open pavilion.
Round and round,
seeking to walk on the still earth when landing.
Ring a round the rosy the sky
and the farmer in the dell and go in
and out the window all going in circles
for balance for the development of the inner ear
the inner ear which listens to the ocean of blood
and the reliable heart beat
the inner ear which notices the sound of something small
dropping in a distant room,
a distant ocean down by
the bellowing of pipes of guts,
something clattering to the floor of my stomach,
breaking into small pieces.
"Escape from the Carousel" painting by Erika Heller