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Faces & Voices 5
An Anthology
of Verse and Prose

by
the Composition
for Honours Class,
Howard University,
2000-2001.

Professor
E. R. B
RAITHWAITE

Faces & Voices 4
Art@Howard

    



4 Ways to Rotate
By Terrena A. Carriman

  
1. Your skirts smell of yesterday’s rain. 
And they whirled about your knees
And you looked into the origin of the storm
A hole cut out of the blue canvas
From 360 points of view

2. Been to Coney Island?
Seen the Ferris Wheel at the amusement park?
Eve kissed someone you picked out of the crowd
Suspended a thousand feet above the horizon in a red cage?

Didn’t think so.

3. Stand still
For 365 days.
366 in a leap year. You’ll make it once around the sun somehow.

4. You want to be inside of something.
Get high. Be obsessed.
Music. Sex. Drugs. Money. Love. Work. 
Sit down. It will spin you around and around and around and around so fast
You might fall down.
So sit down. Stay close to the ground.

© 2001 Terrena A. Carriman


© 2001 Howard University.
(First Published in limited print edition, An Anthology of Verse and Prose, by the Composition for Honours Class, Howard University, Spring 2001. Professor E.R. Braithwaite)
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