Lillian here, happy to open the bar and serve up some fun!
When I was young, we made an annual summer outing to Riverview Park in Chicago, Illinois. 74 acres of fun founded in 1904 that finally closed down in 1967. It was called an amusement park and was always crowded with families, thrill seekers, scout troop outings, teenagers and young couples. Excitement spilled out on the midway as people watched the rides, or stood in line to wait their turn, or threw balls to knock down wooden milk bottles and win a prize. Favorite rides included The Bobs, a wooden rollercoaster on which my dad broke a rib; The Tunnel of Love; Shoot the Chutes; The Pair-O-Chutes; and Aladdin’s Castle, a classic fun house that included a collapsing stairway, door mazes, a turning barrel, and air chutes on the outside walkways that blew up ladies’ dresses to the delight of gawkers outside.
Amusement parks have become more sophisticated now: think Disney World and Epcott Center. But we still have the occasional small carnival in a mall parking lot with the obligatory Tilt-a-Whirl; and the Iowa State Fair!
For today’s Poetics, I’d like you to think about amusement parks, carnivals, rides, cotton candy, state fairs. Dig back in your memories. Did you ever ride a ferris wheel? A carousel? Maybe you can evoke the madcap feeling of a place like this. Or use the idea as an extended metaphor. In any case, amuse us, take us on a ride! Get into the spirit of Riverview Park! Use your imaginations and have fun with this! Photos below of Riverview – remembered by many Chicagoans!
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Oh my! This posted at 2 PM instead of 3 PM. Perhaps dVerse didn’t adjust for our daylight savings time? So sorry — but I am now here at the bar and we might as well open the pub! So — happy to see all who mosey up early 🙂
Hi Lillian! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one to be bamboozled by DST! Lovely to see you at the bar tonight and thank you for the lovely prompt. I’ll have to post my poem and then love you and leave you while I attend a Poetry School on-line chat. I’ll try to do some reading and commenting later, if not I’ll come back in the morning, bright and early.
See you later! I am honkered down in the midst of this blizzard so will be glad to be “amused!” 😊
I don’t understand why we change times throughout the year. Anyway, I posted a limerick relevant to some of the rides I’ve been on with my children. Eventually they got old enough to go on them alone. Now, none of us go on these parks. We’re all too old, even the kids. I kind of miss the old days.
I so enjoyed these outings with my folks! 🙂 I can still hear all the screams on the midway! And yes….I don’t even ride on a merry go round with the grandkids as I get “car sick” — 😦 I’m the one they’re waving to as they go round holding on to the horse and grampa! 🙂
Whoop whoop! Great prompt! Loved this one.
Whoop-dee-doo — scream me a tilt-a-whirl! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed and I loved your response.
Stepping away from the pub for about an hour….sangria and hot toddys set out and door still open so come share some words or imbibe on others! I’ll be back in a bit! LOVING the posts so far 🙂
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I just came home… and need to go to bed… I will browse through a bit, but I have to take come back tomorrow morning for the rest.
Sleep — enjoy your rest! Bar is open again 🙂
paul scribbles said:
Great prompt…I’ll be here in the morning to write and read…the day has gotten away from me.
Time does pass too quickly! See you in the morning 🙂
paul scribbles said:
Good morning Lillian…what fun prompt that was…a trip down memory lane and a vocal recording to boot….off to do some reading and commenting now.
Had fun with this, but can’t see Mr. Linky on my end. Will have to come back later to try posting.
ooh. sorry. He’s there. I can try and link it up for you?
Just added you to mr linky! Now all can enjoy your post. 🙂
Thank you! I can’t see the Linkys on any of the dVerse prompts on my end right now, so my visits will have to wait awhile. Don’t know where the glitch is, but must be on my end. Thanks for adding me, Lill. Great prompt! 🙂
happy to oblige 🙂
I have restarted my poor ol’ Pro, and everything. Still no Linky. Will check back later, and make my rounds. Appreciate all the visits, y’all, in the meantime. I am trying! 😉
Not to worry. Sometimes technology wins — for a while 🙃😳
Back up and running, for whatever reason. 😉 I’ve made my rounds. Such a fun prompt, and a wild ride of poems. 🙂
Glad you got it going! Yep — I’ve really enjoyed reading the posts for this one!
Just Barry said:
This was pretty neat! Dug up some memories for me. 🙂
Glad you enjoyed the prompt! It’s produced some really diverse posts — all fun to read!
signing off for the evening. Will return in AM to imbibe more words 🙂 Light is left on, so those of you late to the pub, help yourself to refreshments and post your poem on the bar 🙂
Opening the bar again to a cold icy morning here in Boston. Serving steaming coffee to warm your spirits throughout the day.
Thanks for the walk down memory lane!
It’s been a fun prompt! 🙂
Bekkie Sanchez said:
I remember that park, Lillian, and do you remember the Park that used to be on Lake Michigan in Michigan City Indiana? I can’t think of the name now. My parents used to take me there when I was a child it was right on the beach and awesome! Then there was Enchanted Village (I think,) and Santa’s Village in Illinois. So many to remember I miss them all.
I’m late (today’s Wed.) so gonna hurry and try to catch Mr. Linky. My bike broke down so it’s going to the shop today for some much-needed work. It’s a 31-year-old bike I bought in 1986 still going strong. Hugs!
Not familiar with the Indiana one….but I do remember Santa’s Village 🙂
Bekkie Sanchez said:
I used to skip school, and take the South Shore to Chi Town. Such good times.