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Private Rollercoaster

by Fabrice Poussin


Black and white photo of part of a rollercoaster and trees.
Image credit: Joshua Leeman on Unsplash

Rolling and coasting they went

through desserts, oceans, mountains

meadows and glaciers it seems onto this odd path.


Decades into the journey now

still facing what may come

hand in hand never to look behind.


She, still the little girl of seventeen

when first he caught a glimpse of those blues

and she responded with the coy smile of puerility.


They played those ageless games

just as today in what some call the silver years

careless of what they may think as they pass by.


He looks and sees the girl in the white dress

teasing the pulse of a man who may be seventy

but she too sees a teenager in tennis clothes.


Perhaps their perception is distorted by

years they never saw as they sped by,

to them it is but days in their common youth.


They continue on the rollercoaster of this existence

rolling and coasting along the bumpy road

living every shock with infinite delight.


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Black and white photo of the author, Fabrice Poussin.
Fabrice Poussin

Poussin is a professor of French and English. His work in poetry and photography has appeared in Kestrel, Symposium, The Chimes, and hundreds of other publications worldwide. Most recently, his collections In Absentia, If I Had a Gun, and Half Past Life were published in 2021, 2022, and 2023 by Silver Bow Publishing.

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