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Awakenings: Carnival Charisma

on November 8, 2012

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Summer – gone! September – gone! October – gone! Here we are in November and the elections are over! Happiness for some, disappointment for others but hopefully the future holds ambitions for all based upon American values. Before venturing ahead, let’s step back to a moment in time that is filled with possibly the fondest of childhood memories. . .

Memoires on

The Carousel

On a late fall Saturday afternoon
Straight out of a child’s dream
Young and old, mystified and amazed
Watched hundreds of lights beam

Smiles and laughter the carnival enthused
Stretching back time to the first carousel
Sounds emitted of familiar organ tunes
Permeated the air like a magic spell

 Thirty-two hand-painted horses
Two chariots and four love seats
Ornately decorated and trimmed in brass
Synchronized movements to the off-tone beats

Metal gears, joints and jumping poles
Created fascination beyond measure
How surprising one would pay someone a nickel
To ride a wooden horse in circles for pleasure

 Freedom enjoyed on carnival day
Made the carousel part of timeless traditions
 Its ride connected the past to the present
Laying the foundation for future generations


 ©2009 Remembering
Sharla Lee Shults


6 responses to “Awakenings: Carnival Charisma

  1. Lori says:

    What a nice rememberance of days past. Do you still ride them at the fairs?

    • catnipoflife says:

      Every chance I get! Just recently I was visiting our daughter and family. We took the girls to the mall where there was a carousel right smack in the center. Had a blast!

  2. The carousels were always my favorite ride (and probably still are)!

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