Carnival Creatures: Centipedes and Snails


Mr. Confetti finally made his way down to the ground

pieces of paper remake a tree

a little part of the party

found vocabulary

washed back together most improbably

near the sewer's gated door

impossible words and unmovable powers

replace the stone towers where he used to work

impossible birds and removable flowers replace the stone towers once more

temper temper temper temper temper tantrums

torpedo toes touching the stone

got temporal temperature temper temper tantrums

tickle tarantula toes thumbing a bone


earthworm head or is it the tale

about the centipede and the snail

how do you decide which way to go

and to me it all seems so slow

like the ivy that's been secretly crawling to the ground

like the moon steadily going round

like a truth to be found

both simple and profound

like the carnival coming to town


spaghetti fingers spin eights around a fork

into a mouth or an open sky

diving, distant drifting, dust splitting and sitting

for a moment gravity defied


earthworm head or is it the tale

about the centipede and the snail

how do you decide which way to go

and to me it all seems so slow


like the ivy that's been secretly crawling to the ground

like the moon steadily going round

like a truth to be found

both simple and profound

like the carnival coming to town

a carnival comin', little parade happenin'

the earth keeps spinning, and the moon is splitting

while I'm still sitting on the side of the road, on the ground

waiting for the sailors on the sequined floats

to throw some candy round


got a carnival coming to town



Words by travist.paine. 2004



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