Dwight Grabowsik and Julie Katz Go the Carlton County Fair

Dwight and Julie tackled

the daylight with a

sticky faced vision of summer.

Cotton candy,

nasty warm,

glued to their senses.

They paused for an oral blessing

between the ring toss and

ball throw,

hot and stinging

a dragon’s kiss.

The fire of their desire

broiled around them like a

prairie tornado.

Dwight stopped

to touch a pellet gun, coaxing

him to take pink

rabbits and blue poodles

for trophy.

Julie admired herself

in the reflection of cream soda bottles

while the sunglasses of older men

watched her decide what the taste

for the day would be.

As they paced each step through

the midway, their hands

held initial lust,

fumbling in each others

back pockets

as they walked towards

their target

a sphinx-like roller coaster

resting on the sizzling concrete.

Rattled wood temped them

like a garter snake,

as they handed in their tickets,

and climbed aboard.

They gazed past each other,

seeing the side of

the ride the other couldn’t,

and then, breathless and hot,

Dwight and Julie cast

their arms to the air

laughing and praying as they spun

and undulated until they rose

to the highest peak,

and as they glanced

behind them, rising to the

Everest of their view,

they glimpsed

over their shoulders

and found no more space

to look back.

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