Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Circle Game Pt. 1

"Yesterday, a child came out to wander
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling of a star

And the seasons they go 'round and 'round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time"
 (remember the song)?

Sometimes I wonder, how could I own  a droplet- or hold less than a teaspoon of memory infused with so much delight? Yet there I stood among the crowd, maybe seven or eight?..no doubt near a carousel -intoxicated with all the sights and sounds! P.O.P. as they called it. Check this link so you can see how phenomenal (Pacific Ocean Park) in California was- and that place left a profound impression! I can't recall much else as I was really young? On the other hand, memories of Disneyland are vivid..mainly because there were a few more trips and I happen to be older by then. Sadly, most of P.O.P was burned down in a fire, then finally demolished in the 70's.

The word muse means “to be absorbed in one’s thoughts; engage in meditation, to consider or say thoughtfully; a state of meditation”  In Greek mythology, the muses were the nine daughters of Zeus and the Goddess of Memory, Mnemosyne, and each of the muses presided over a different art or science. So a muse can also mean a guiding spirit, a source of inspiration, or a poet

The word "amusement" means “the state of being amused, entertained or pleased” .. To cause to laugh or smile by giving pleasure.”

All an all, family excursions were few and far between..I'm sure it had something to do with the distance as well as having a big family?
Anyway, it was as if unseen hands placed a map over head like a cookie cutter then drew a line around and said to me- this is as far and how often you'll go- when and where you'll remain?
So my little neighborhood, tucked away in a smoggy little city like S. California, would be the ground I absorbed. (I keep that in mind and will get back to this)..
I'm also reminded of Acts 17:26 "..he made of one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation"

"Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
Cartwheels turn to car wheels through the town
And they tell him, "Take your
time. It won't be long now.
'Til your drag your feet to slow the circles down"

Archaically, amuse means to delude or deceive, and comes from the late French muser “to stupefy,” and from Latin ad muser, to stare stupidly~ Kaleidoscope

You ever notice how people will jump on the bandwagon with the newest craze..then discard it like an old moccasin when something better comes along? I think I know why? Its wrapped in a mystery and a lie- but seems to hold so much promise? (Continued in Pt 2)...

"And the seasons they go 'round and 'round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game"
(Joni Mitchell)


Sandra said...

that is a really great photo memory of huntington beach and I have always loved carosels, mainly because i am a wimp and afraid of rides, but not the horses on the carosel. I loved to go round and round and up and down and can hear the music in my head. very nice poem.

Sandra said...

forgot to say I LOVE LOVE LOVE the header, that curly new growth of whatever is beautiful

The Chair Speaks said...

Love your new header picture!

Ginny said...

It's the mystery then, isn't it, Regina? I'll tell you a secret. I'm getting ready to do a post in awhile about a new fact that was discovered by much study, and it is this: The anticipation of a thing is better than the thing. Hmmm...maybe we should do a double post, because these things seem to go hand in glove, can't wait to read the rest of your thoughts on all this. I'm hearing the divine Ms. Mitchell in my head. Have you heard "A Case Of You"? A quote: You're in my blood like holy wine, you taste so bitter and so sweet. I could drink a case of you, and still be on my feet.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Sandra it's another unfurled fern. I pulled the H.B. family photo cause it was actually an earlier outing and its roughly 36 miles from where the Park was. Appreciate your visit!!
Greetings to you Chair (grin)..I don't have your name yet..and thank you!
Ginny, so true..and no I haven't heard that- that's cool. Great, I'll be by to check out your post shortly! Thanks!!

Leenie said...

Joni Mitchell has a way of creating word pictures and letting them flow through the mind. I love "Circle Game." And "Both Sides Now," "Free Man in Paris," "Chelsea Morning...The sun poured in like butterscotch and stuck to all my senses."

Some memories stay so real to us no matter how long we live. And it seems like the first ones really tie us to a place in our heart and mind. Great post.

The Write Girl said...

Thank you for sharing the Pacific Ocean Park. It sounded like an amazing place to visit. I look forward to reading your Part 2. Take care.

Misalyn said...

Nostalgic post. Visited the link that you provided.

I like your header too. Simply beautiful. We call it "pako" back home. Some folks cook it with coconut. Some use it for decorations.

Have a nice day Regina.

rainfield61 said...

We can't return, we can only look back, from where we came, but bring along all the memories.

Kilauea Poetry said...

Leenie- I think I loved -Both Sides Now as much! Thank you for your thoughts- she's so talented! Wow, so you call that Pako Mislyan? There are similar but certain ones are edible- thanks- and for this visit- Rainfields- so true huh!

Amin said...

Beautiful header.

Amin said...

Very interesting post1

Let's be perfectly clear- the war on free speech is spiritual!