Updated: Jan 8, 2021
Carriages come and gondolas go
up and down then to the side again
From forever and so soon
does the tide flow above the stain
Stain of life and tears and wonderful fears
besmirch my daily day dress
What a scene it must be
when the tires roll off of the cabin’s rear!
A snap of the wire can begin my fall
a word or four can break down the walls
of a contraption in which faith was placed
without it ever giving me any verbal assurance of safety
Now aware of folly and of flaw,
Shall we then go on a ride today?
©2020 by Ayo Okikiolu.
Life can be unpredictable. Systems we trust (the government, our cars, everything) can fail to function as they ought to. One day we're here, another we won't be. This is guaranteed. If the Covid-19 pandemic teaches us anything, it is that Life itself can fail. We are aware that everything could potentially be dangerous but we still hope the best. We still say daily, "Shall we then go on a ride today?", optimistic that the wheels will continue to turn and we continue our travails in life. This we so oft believe.