Scenes From the County Fair

children with flush cheeks
and dirt beads on their necks

haggard women wearing the look
of poverty and faded, jailhouse tattoos

flashing lights throb to heavy metal
ping pong balls traumatize and win fish

funnel cakes sizzle as carnies
tilt the table and stir up crowds

blue ribbons awarded for 4H and best pie
tiaras crown a new year’s royalty