The Nitro

Clare Rossini

I wanted sky. That was my ambition. And now I’m being tugged
Up a small steel mountain,

A burly chain beneath the car hauling my weight
And a trail of my fellow aspirants. Poised at the top, we waver.

Then the slow turn downward, 
The gathering speed, hurtling

Toward the earth from which, with a paste of mud and spit,
In that one foreboding 

Story, the god
Made the man.

Upward again, turning and writhing in air, my body become a space
Where, as in love, 

The great forces stream through:
Space, wind, light, the seconds blurring by like years.

O my god, I hear the cries of those around me as we are borne up and
Down and up and down,

Our breath three
Tubular steel 

Hills back.
Let this not end, my body says and, at the same time, Let it be done,

As with a sudden jerk, a brake 
Catches, the train slows, we arrive 

At the platform milling with the shades 
Called the living. Down the ramp. Back to a frail rain 

Glossing popcorn stands, the carousel’s splintered mirrors, and
Hey! It’s some dude

Dressed as Sinestro from the Legion of Doom, his power ring strobing,
Scattering the crowd. 

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