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Friday, February 29, 2008

Unexplained Carousel

A strange and foreign place lost in a reverie and you walk nowhere or anywhere and think nothing. And you're prepared to see any sort of wonder or gape like an imbecile at the most mundane thing because it's news to you. Wogs or supermen or ghosts or something live here. And the stone is not just stone but hard stone and your foot wears it away like Caesar and Michelangelo and Savonarola and all the nobodies did. You look like you belong here but you don't. You walk and you look at everyone and everything and here you're the child who can't even ask for what you want and don't know what anything is for and everyone is your friend and a stranger all at once and you are in in their thrall.

Then there's this carousel in the middle of nowhere if this is nowhere how would I know with no one on it and it's just there with no hint of a reason for it there are no children. There it is a world spinning empty. It doesn't belong there and you don't belong there and you stand there accusing one another of nothing. It serves only to remind you that your children are out of sight across an ocean and you weep for yourself and you weep for a whole goddamn continent that sent its children across an ocean never to return.

3 comments:

Gerard said...

It's not in the middle of nowhere. It's in the Piazza Strozzi in Florence.

Gerard said...

Been there. Done that. They set up the carousel on weekends.

Here you go:

http://www.cinephoto.co.uk/odeon_cinehall_florence.htm

thud said...

they have one like this on the Piazza Napoleon in lucca..it just sits in the sun..nobody ever on it...beautiful in its own way.