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Below is the poem entitled CAROUSELS AND CANDYFLOSS which was written by poet Kim van Breda. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Childhood memories cherished and remote recollections
Emerging in magnified clarity encourage renewed perceptions
Open air big screen films referred to as “Drive-Ins”
A regular Saturday night treat -- family car, excitement within

After eating our packed picnic snack
Permission asked to play—promises to come back
Our greatest thrill sat under the huge white screen
Amusement ride—galloping flying horses-- enchanting scene 
Carousel rotating- fairground organ—a musical ride
 Merry-go-round- gilded Horse ballet dancing with pride

Some high on poles, interspersed benches—
These were placed for the less adventurous 
Waiting patiently the ride slows down
Small minds choosing horses to call their own
Rushing to mount our fantasy up high
Small feet in stirrups, as wooden horses fly

The candy-floss man stands on the side
Inflated packets-- pale pink, blue and white divide
Cotton- wool sugary treats entice as we wait
Melt in the mouth moments to keep us awake

Kim van Breda—February 2013

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  1. Date: 6/7/2013 11:51:00 PM
    Hi Kim your poem is on a parallel with mine. you know what they say, ''Great minds think alike" it is very interesesting as mine is also, my poem dates back to the 1950's in England and yours a later version, both are great poems and will draw attention to other poets. thank you for following my poems. all the best. John Ginesi

  1. Date: 4/12/2013 3:36:00 AM
    Hey, I used to sell cotton candy at a baseball stadium! They called me the Candy Man, haha. I liked your descriptions... it felt like I was there, eating sugary floss, surrounded by music.

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 12:06:00 PM
    of cotton candy,,, mmm

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 12:05:00 PM
    a nice childhood memory Kim, but, somehow this is not a memory for me. I love the imagery and sugary feeling here. There is a circus going on 20 minutes away from my town. and here in my town we just re-lived the once a year stock show memory, we had a carnival 2 weeks or so ago. and boy did I get my hands on the pale pink, and blue divine sweet. my kids don't have the patients you display above... however we all enjoyed the melt in our mouth sweet moments... always~ LINDA

    van Breda Avatar Kim van Breda
    Date: 2/26/2013 12:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you.. this poem I think.. may be specifically targeted towards S/African memories in childhood experiences. Not really a carnival... just a 'drive-inn' open air movie and one ride common to all such venues. P.S. Your comments are invaluable and encouraging. xxx
  1. Date: 2/23/2013 10:31:00 AM
    I could smell the popcorn!

  1. Date: 2/23/2013 2:50:00 AM
    - Pleasant childhood memories, a lovely poem Kim. - Have a wonderful weekend. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 2/22/2013 3:42:00 PM
    What great memories you have recalled here, Kim!...Drive-In movies and carnivals...nothing better and that's for sure...I used to like to ride the double Ferris Wheel at the State Fair...What a view! (although I was always petrified with fear) - Tim