Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (Part 2)

Forty-nine years. All my remembered selves laid one atop the other and no longer fit.


ii. today

a roller coaster rises shakily in the emptied midway
its operator sports an uneven shave
something dried smears red across his jaw

wide-eyed riders herd onto train cars rusted to a stop
safety restraints tangle at foot, hang threadily outside
he throws the switch with a high laugh     the ride begins

click-click-clicking toward the first of many drops  
splintered track appears out of darkness
panic leaps each glimpse ahead      

                                                         a car goes over the edge

[iii. tomorrow will be posted tomorrow.]

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