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Thursday, August 20, 2020


by Melissa Balmain

“NYC Playgrounds Reopen with Social Distancing” ABC, June
“Word of the day is 'sorry-go-round' (19th century): a repetitive cycle of depressing actions or events.” Lexicographer Susie Dent, August

The slide that’s so fast it feels buttered,
The swing set and bouncy-horse ride,
The seesaw where toddlers and dolls sit astride—

The parents and nannies (masked, wary)
Wipe down every bench, toy, and snack,
Still praying the sorry-go-round will go back
To merry.

Melissa Balmain's poetry and prose have appeared in The American Bystander, The Hopkins Review, Lighten Up Online, McSweeney's, The New Yorker, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. She edits Light, a journal of light verse.