Frog Pond Carousel—Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Common CarouselThe year is 2014:
only a few revolutions earlier,
heretics swung
where cows grazed.

The world turned again,
when each eyeball, hoof
and fetlock was painted,
each neigh carved and preserved,
in 1947.

Built to migrate from city to city
the carousel
followed the outstretched dollar,
with carnies riding herd.

Now children clamor
to choose their steed
then clamber
slowly rising,
then falling,
and turning,
always turning,
to face the present:
grass, trees, buildings, pond.

Once around is never enough.
Children are born knowing this.

About the Frog Pond Carousel:
The Frog Pond Carousel was built in 1947 by the Allan Herschell Company of North Tonawanda, New York, which specialized in producing portable machines which could be used by traveling carnival operators. A museum exists in the original manufacturing facility in North Tonawanda. For information about riding the Frog Pond Carousel, visit:

Photo credit: “WTB Boston Common Carousel” by Cryptic C62 is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Unchanged from original.