The Wonderous Carnival – Joshua Jones – SST9 2nd Draft- Auditorium

18 Jun

Welcome to the Carnival! I will be your guide

Don’t misunderstand me, you haven’t just arrived

You’ve always been here. My name? Dionysus.

Bacchus to the Romans. I’ll show you around

But I must warn you, you won’t believe half of what I tell you

First, the roller coaster. You’re on it now!

An enormous, spherical ride flying around a giant fire ball

Crowd One: How fast?

18.5 miles per second. Told you you wouldn’t believe.

It also spins at faster than Mach speed.

Crowd Two: That’s stupid!

Ah, you educated ones are slow to believe

Crowd One: We’d fly off!

There’s magic at work. We can hold

with nothing more than our toes

Over here is our night light. It circles us.

The night light, fire ball and roller-coaster

Are perfectly measure out for your enjoyment

when the moon passes in front of the sun

It’s identically sized to give you a light show

And when the Earth’s shadow, which

it gets from the fire ball, falls on the moon

it also is perfectly sized to darken its face

Crowd Two: Not possible!

I know… You’re too educated.

Just wait and see…

This is a Carnival drunken with magic

overlaid with one enchantment called “colour.”

No, it’s not photoshopped, those bushes

really are green that sky really is blue

All thanks to what the master of the carnival

calls “light”, which some speculate is made

of particles. Others of waves. Want to know the truth?

It’s made of words. Magic words.

Dryad one: Tell them about the bugs

Want to hear something creepy?

Most of those here at the carnival

Have skeletons on the outside of their bodies!

And they bite us more often than we bite them

We also have things called giraffes

Which you’d have to see them to believe

Over here we have the magic gardens

With have enchanted trees turning flowers into apples

The dryads and I never tire of that trick

Too far fetched for you university types?

The good boss said you’d be slow to believe.

Crowd One:What are the strangest things here?

Easy. The humans.

Look what the carnival master has designed them

Here’s the canteen :it’s how humans get nutrients

in it they serve a thing called food

which has a spell called “taste”

invisible buds make their mouths dance

To the tune of vanilla, fruit, whiskey and steaks

Food is a party which the master of the carnival

invites them all to. Three times a day.

(More if they can get it)

Dryad Two: Tell them about the kissing

Here is the kissing booth: very specific to humans

they have a peculiar division: male and female.

From this comes dancing, letters,broken hearts,

romance and tears and even boxes of chocolates.

The other creatures on the planet know nothing of this.

The over-serious may accuse humans of mere frivolity

but this is how the species reproduces

yes, I have seen a baby human being born

I’m not going to tell you how that happens

You’d never believe me!

Some carnivals boast a bearded woman.

that’s dull compared to the sheer existence of woman.

the strong man with the weights is not as freakish

as the inexplicable existence of man.

unlike the other creatures here, humans wear

clothes; even when the climate doesn’t demand it.

they create music, poetry, paintings, and juggle apples.

They make philosophy and speculate why

the carnival is here in the first place

with answers as fantastic as the carnival itself.

There is one price which we must pay

If we want to go on enjoying the carnival.

No money. The Master has made it all Free. But we must

lay down our poisonous pride. When we make ourselves big,

our world gets small. If Alice taught us anything

it was that we first must shrink to enter Wonderland.

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