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Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009 02:43 pm

countyfairpoem #1

behind as I sit on the foot-weary’s
bench at wisconsin’s walworth county
fair is SPIN-OUT before me the WHEEL
OF FIRE beyond is ORBITER then
ZIPPER where my grandkid’s terrified
screams are making them stop the
fun ride to let her off though I don’t
know this till later for the competing
blaring sounds which you can’t call
music drown out all else scantily clad
body types mostly fat stroll the midway
munching brats and elephant ears
sipping six-buck lemonade refills only
three  stuffed bears are big as the
carriers t shirts blast rude messages
except those with green tractors
there’s an inflated cow her pink tits
so huge you can swing on them I insist
before we leave to visit something real
outside the farm tent is a labeled
growing garden inside you can roll in
soy beans  at the small animals barn
the only noise is crowing roosters
some with blue ribbons the
grandkids forget the rides are
enamored by ducks geese turkeys banties
then the rabbits giant flemish,
netherland dwarf, jersey wooly, lop ears snub
noses my grandson pokes his
hand in every cage caresses fur
feathers he’d climb right in if he could a 4-H
boy lets him cuddle a cavi we see
shorn sheep without tails later as we
head to the parking lot we spot two
yellow balloons escaping into the
blue blue sky 
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