“These August Nights, Those Fairground Lights” – Tonya Eberhard

These August Nights, Those Fairground Lights

 

those wild summer nights of these fairground lights

eyeless but blinking

 

nighttime carousel rides, a counter-clockwise fairytale. those speared

wooden horses

 

eyes twinkling with malicious intent, forever riding

‘round and ‘round

 

into merry nothingness. Vertical carousel of the sky, spinning clock

tick tock

 

apple of twilight’s eye. The dizzying lights of the Ferris wheel constant

up down up

 

those food concessions, trembling lights making the insides

hum for

 

corn dog  fries lemonade ruby red dipped caramel apples

memories thick

 

as those strawberry milkshakes. pink liquid dripping from the mouth like

a dollop of blood

 

these wild nights past curfew, those bright nights with

no stars

 

© Tonya Eberhard


IMG_1014 (1)Tonya Eberhard recently graduated from the University of Missouri. She currently lives in Minnesota. Her work has appeared in Dirty Chai, Lingerpost, Yellow Chair Review, Open Minds Quarterly, Sun & Sandstone, among others.


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