The cider-press of failure

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Roll up. Roll up! You have to see this
 A shilling will lead you to a show you cannot miss!
 Come through the curtain! Come through quick!
 see a dazzling show that will make you sick.

See the funny lady climb and see the ladder wobble
see the funny lady topple, 
arms flailing, windmilling, headlong
into the Terrifying Cider-Press of Failure!
Hear the  s
          c
          r
          e
          a
          m  and the  c
                      r
                      u
                      n
                      c
                      h  
                      as it crushes her bones!

                                           See
                                           her
                                         life-
                                         blood
                                          flow.

See

Her

Die.

Gather up, gather up!
 There is more in store for you!
 With little ado, I'll introduce to you:

The Marvellous, Incredible, Incomparable, Incomprehensable 
Threadbare Carpet of Resignation,
where a miracle will be made before your mesmerised eyes!
Tell me pretty children,
do you think the funny lady may re-assemble?

No?

Gather in close; don't trip on the rope.
Watch the Threadbare Carpet of Resignation 
                                           r
                                          i
                                           p
                                          p
                                        l
                                         e  as it lies
beneath the Terrifying Cider Press of Failure.
See the pints of red blood rising,
see the shiny bones appearing,
muscles, sinews, organs, growing,
smooth, pink, lady flesh enclosing,
her body bent, but no longer broken,
as she s
         t
          o
          o
         p
       s
beneath the Terrible Cider Press of Failure
on the Threadbare Carpet of resignation.

Now, dear children, you've seen the show.
 Please tread carefully as you go.

Roll up. Roll up! You have to see this
 A shilling will lead you to a show you cannot miss!
 Come through the curtain! Come through quick!
 see a dazzling show that will make you sick.

 

©Jane Paterson Basil

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10 thoughts on “The cider-press of failure

    1. Lol! I don’t know what came over me. There I was, innocently making a cup of coffee, feeling a little bit crushed under the weight of tax return forms, and difficult children, and the image of a cider press came into my head, followed by a fairground tout, shouting “Roll up! Roll up!” Then the words started crowding into my head and I couldn’t resist writing the stupid, sick thing. :I
      I think it’s just evasive action, because I hate editing my book. I always get like this just before I complete something, especially something that A) is painful, and B) cannot be easily rounded off, because Paul is recovering so slowly, and I want some kind of a happy conclusion.

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        1. He was, but he disappeared back to his dad’s yesterday afternoon, and now I’m getting constant phonecalls from him, telling me everything that Laura does, and it’s really wacky, scary stuff. He has a chance of moving into sheltered housing for vulnerable young people soon, which will give him all sorts of opportunities, with any luck…

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