Claudia Krizay 1956 (Washington DC)


I ride upon a disharmonious carousel
Seemingly without direction.
Its foundation rattles like shards of glass
As shaken about in a plastic jar-

Riding over humps and cervices
I scream with anger and utmost terror,
As I stare into conniving eyes.

Oh my God, the demons have returned
With no recourse to fear.
I ride upon this carousel
Spinning as a broken top,
falling out from nowhere.

Demons are bellowing profanely,
Snatching away my thoughts,
Then pounding upon them
with iron soled cleats.

Upon this night of destruction,
Knives pierce my eyes,
And tears are released like toxic rain-
There exists no exit from this hellish bastion.

Light years away from paradise,
Strangers are laughing cacophonously.
Have all of the stars burnt out?
I hum dirges in the darkness.

Oh my God, the demons have returned-
I feel but I cannot see-
Life is none but a wicked carousel,
Powered by broken promises…

Claudia Krizay
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Submitted by claudiakrizay on September 23, 2021

Modified on April 17, 2023

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Scheme abcx cxd Exaxx axxx bdxb xaxx Exax
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 892
Words 156
Stanzas 7
Stanza Lengths 4, 3, 5, 4, 4, 4, 4

Claudia Krizay

I am a 65 year old woman living with schizophrenia. My poetry is an expression of my inner self and my way of coping with difficult times and enjoying good times through my writing and artwork I have found a place for myself in this world. more…

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