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015. 151 (southbound)

by John Herzog

down to the Loop
you find yourself
in for another day
of spinning out
spinning around
this cycle

is it over
is it ever over
it's never over
you wanted this
you asked for this
remember?

you were in the backyard
chasing butterfly dreams
waiting for your turn
to ride that breeze
like a dandelion seed
and get free

but once you board this aging carousel
there's no getting off

so when you mount
that steed you better
grip tightly - you're in
for a rickety ride, with
rusty gears ever twisting
broken light bulbs still
flashing; I see you on
the other side now

scrambling to escape
your little unicorn
spiraling still faster
paint chipping, shifting up
and down, up and down, up and

down

01/17/2018

Author's Note: CTA, bus route 151 (southbound).

Posted on 01/17/2018
Copyright © 2021 John Herzog

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