Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ramona




He speaks of the park in the present tense.
In his mind Ramona is still there,
Just as in his dreams it's always afternoon,
Just as baseball games are played in his head.
No wonder he finds it hard to get it up:
How can you do it when it's the bottom of the ninth,
the bases loaded, and nobody out?
The boat is going round the lake,
Screams from the rollercoaster, laughter from the arcade.
The train goes by the merry-go-round.
Is that his father that he sees?
He has no use for things that have changed,
(the girl on the train who asked if he had the time.)
And still nobody seems to get the point:
It's not nostalgia at all.
It's just that something was there and now it's not,
and yet it is.
Just as in his dreams it's always afternoon.
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Wonderland...

Oh, Wonderland! and Oh, The Lake!!
A river flows, but a lake is a space and a time and a place!
Oh, the children! and Oh, the Amazement!
To be wonderful! and amused!
Wonderland!!
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( I. and III. performed by students of Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mi.
Dr. John Worst, Director - April,29,1981
"Balloon Man" performed by Gwen Faasen, Kathy Proulx and Ric Troll, Nov.28,1982.)
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