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Non Amusement Park


One moment I was on
Canyon Lake cruising in
the afternoon sun.

A crack appeared in the
wall but not in the
foundation.

The next moment I was
adrift on a tiny raft

bobbing

on a lake of fear that I
didn’t make. The wall with
the crack became the
dam on the lake.

The hole on the top of my
clipboard keeps winking
at me. I realize that it is
the reflection of the ceiling
fan I see on the metal clip.

It is turning faster.

In a flash, lake water, the
raft, and I spiral down
through that hole at the
top of the clipboard and I
land in the center of a
non amusement park
still holding on to the raft.

“To Exit Enter Here” says
the sign over The Big “E”
roller coaster. I don’t like
roller coasters.

The raft and I rode out
the short and violent
ride without moving.

The Big “E” dumped me
back on the lake. Still in
the raft. The problem is
that it is night during the
day. And there are no
paddles in the raft.

Demons dance around a
bonfire on the far shore
burning all the paddles.

Without warning the raft
bumps against the rocks.
A demon close by smiles
and turns to hand me a
paddle.

The hand of God slaps
the water. I hold on to
the raft. The raft holds
on to the water.

What was once a fierce
but inviting fire is now a
distant hiss in the dark.

I fall asleep in the raft
and dream about a sun
soaked land where
flowers grow out of the
cracks in the walls.

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alslaff

Poet, Writer, US Army (Retired)

I dreamed of writing when I was a youngster. The love of books and writing may have helped to dull the pain of severe sexual abuse as I was sexually abused by two men at my father’s place of work from age 8 to 12 or so. I learned about this for the first time when I was 50 years old. So, as a boy, reading was the only place I had to go to. My fantasy world was better and safer than my real world. I loved reading and writing.
Reading books and writing poetry are a joy to me still and are an important part of my life. (See my About Me page on my blog for the complete profile.)

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