Saturday, September 09, 2006

Ghostly Music

I wonder how many children have ridden the antique carousel of Tilden Park with its spinning flash of colorful hand-carved animals? This carousel is one of the last of its kind in the U.S. and has been delighting local children and adults for nearly a century.

Last week, I paid a visit to the carousel and rode a pale silver-gray horse. It was a day of startling sunlight and my senses were delighted with the impact of glinting mirrors, white cumulus clouds and omniscient shadow. I watched illuminated and glowing faces of small children capturing enchantment.

As the carousel turned, I saw myself in the past riding a white horse with my first love. And then on a vast lion with my baby in my arms; her spun gold hair blowing into my face. In my dreams I have heard the raucous hurdy, gurdy music and the laughter of youth that knows no regret or fear. I understand that a part of me will ride this carousel forever. I have become one of a ghostly population that belongs to it as much as the wood of the carved animals, the music or the mirrors.


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Deborah said...

It's another form of poetry alive with laughter. I ride the carousel during the cold days of Yule every December with my daughter. It is a tradition of the season that I love in Seattle, and last year walking past after work one night I stopped to take pictures and found the invitation of the carneys urging me to ride difficult to resist. But I only ride it with my Ruthie, and that night she wasn't there.
Your pictures are nice.
Blessed be.

Marge said...

Hi, Elise!
The images of the crousel carvings are enchanting! I think my favorite must be the giraffe with the necktie. So jaunty and dapper;
surely every lovely female, carved wood or real must have found him truly elegant and a worthy companion for a spin or two!
I particularly enjoyed your reminiscence about you and your teenaged friends celebrating a passage into adult responsibility by retreating into a child's world of play. Absolutely endearing!
Thank you for a lovely break in my afternoon!

Stephen Craig Rowe said...

Dear Elise, Thank you for the birthday wishes and your comments at the painting studios. As ever be well. Stephen

Stephen Craig Rowe said...

Dear Elise, Hope things are going well for you. How is your daughter? Should be nearly due. Must be a busy time for you. As ever be well. With love. Stephen

Cameo said...

Hi Elise,
I know it has been a long time since I have been involved in the "virtual" world but in the other world I have found myself wondering how life is with you. My job and life have settled down exponentially so I find myself wandering over to say hello. I have missed very much your light and creativity and feel sated having visited.
Thank you,