1920s ferris wheel photo from Milton, PA‘Blake’s Prairie Fair’ by Bob Schildgen The Society August 10, 2020 Beauty, Culture, Poetry 4 Comments Cotton candy is, yes, is angel hair spun out while merry-go-rounds whirl full-speed with satisfaction fully guaranteed in the local splendor of Blake’s Prairie Fair. Surely the most pageant-magic carnival since ’17, when Carrie Nation broke whiskey bottles, and poor old Bryan spoke silver-tongued on Charles Darwin’s downfall. The world was bigger. Ferris wheels were taller, in all those lost Blake’s Prairie days, my dear: You fueled your laughter with a nickel beer, and bought a plot in heaven for a dollar. Bob Schildgen is a poet and environmental writer who was managing editor of Sierra, the national magazine of the Sierra Club from 1997 to 2005. For 15 years he was author of a popular column and blogs, “Hey Mr. Green,” and published a collection of the columns in 2008. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Sally Cook August 10, 2020 Very Evocative. A nice conceit for a summer’s day. Thanks ! Reply Julian D. Woodruff August 10, 2020 Pageant magic–nice! Reply C.B. Anderson August 10, 2020 Bob, This was fun, and pretty close to what I would call exemplary form. The ideas were very open-ended, and I can’t complain about that. Reply Peter Hartley August 11, 2020 The unusual construction of the first line drew me into this poem and it kept my interest despite my not wholly understanding all its American allusions. It makes a welcome change from The usual iambic pentameter. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.