I wrote this poem in response to a prompt from dVerse Poets Pub asking for poems about fun fairs. Dredging the memories, this is what I came up with while on the train home today….

Sultry summer’s evening
over in the park –
Hot, noisy, crowded, colourful
mass of humanity
Lights flashing
metal hits rubber
children howling
mothers screaming
sparks, crackling, arcing
someone springs on a car
Laughter, male voices shouting
metal hits rubber
Quick, through the gap,
reverse again
And the music, loud, so loud…
this is fun?


  1. ha it can certainly be rather chaotic cant it…you capture that well…and i like the sounds in this as well as it creates that cacophony…

  2. nice…heat, crowd, music, screams, metal hits rubber, lights…you capture the colorful chaos well…

    • Well, I nearly didn’t post, couldn’t get inspired, until I suddenly thought of dodgems…..I’m getting better at trying to write to a deadline. Next I need to start working on the metaphors, and getting some deeper thoughts into my poetry…one day..

  3. Hey Sue, you are writing a lot – good for you. This certainly captures the dodgem experience…dVerse is good for getting us going don’t you think?

    • I agree, dVerse is great for getting us going…having been unable to write for a while, I have found the prompts invaluable for giving me a kick up the proverbial…and great to have the discipline of writing in a short timeframe.

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