Perhaps there is no better metaphor for life and love than the roller coaster. We travel along at breakneck speeds. We reach lofty heights only to drop to cavernous lows. We twist and turn. Sometimes, we go in circles but, in the end, we straighten out and arrive on steady ground.
Today, we’re writing an ekphrastic poem in our From A Window category. Our inspiration comes from the photo below of the coaster, Goliath, at Six Flags New England. (You can find a description of Goliath by clicking here. The embedded video on this page doesn’t seem work for me, but I did find one on YouTube, taken by a brave (crazy?) soul in the ride’s front seat: Goliath video.)
While writing your poem, remain seated at all times and feel the rush of excitement as spine-tingling inspiration keeps you on track.
Another thrill, another spill.
In strength of will, we find the pill
to calm our nerves on hidden curves
as vexing swerves drain our reserves.
Though we might whine, we’re back in line
with stronger spine to rise and shine
above the scheme that pops a seam
which makes us beam or, sometimes, scream.
© Susan Schoeffield