At Sesame Place

Iíve been doing the water rides

     slip-sliding down half tube-chutes of liquid

          momentum of me making my heart race

               afraid Iíll fly right out

                    over the top sky slide

                         on to rocks

               the guy at the end laughs

          at my palpitations

     good ride he says

          as I splash volumes of water

               sea creature . . . landing

scrawny little boys

startled by the commotion

turn round to glare

"whale" they spit

jealous of my momentum their own spider legs struggle

for alignment as I

large, sleek with water, stride by

               on my way up for another sliding.

by Liz Bowman



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