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A Poem: Roiled Coaster 

"Who ever thought they'd see a roller coaster

in Seaside Heights in the ocean?"

—Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor

Seaside thrill ride, hijacked by hurricane's roller,

rode into its own thrills:

barrel roll, hammerhead turn, dive drop, splashdown.

Fun ride died, accosted by an aggravated sea,

seized by wind's screams,

unbeached by homicidal tidal surges.

Riderless cars, stark tracks, skeletal steel,

slosh in surf,

roil in crazed waves.

Joyride awry,

seaside idiosyncrasy off a ghostly swept coast:

storm's stiff icon poses for awed eyes.

Speaking of...

  • A poem by Jo Hausman.


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