Come see Dark, the Master Manipulator!
He promises your rebirth.
Garish painted mouth stretching from ear to ear,
Not for children this attraction.
Leave them with the carousel or the stuffed toys at the shooting range.
Let them keep their innocence – for now.
Eat a piece of cotton candy, you will need the sweetness on your tongue
to disguise the bitterness that will surely develop.
He is no circus clown
with red nose, balloons and pratfalls.
Dark sees right through you.
You think you are strong enough?
Then come in and experience
what delights or repels you.
He picks on you, plays silly.
Takes all he wants and spits out what he doesn’t.
Makes you tell your secrets
plays the game
The joker sees.
He is cunning
He is foolish.
He is a god.
He has been created from the earth itself.
Even his scent is musty, vegetative and wet.
No rules for him, no convention he is a disobeyer.
He is spirit –
Accesses your wounds, licks them, pokes at them with his rough tongue.
Accesses your desires and brings them to the surface of your skin like raised hackles.
Prodding and pushing and pricking of your conscience.
He takes all of you, mixes you up, shakes up your pretentions.
You can raise you hands to protect your face but he will bore a hole in your brain.
Takes you to places you never thought you wanted to go but now are willingly led.
Takes all your inhibitions, your begging and pleading, and laughs in your face.
Impells you to raise up your hands in confession, “It was me!”
He holds you under the water – will you drown innocent or float a witch?
As your confessor, he will discover what promises you kept and those you didn’t.
He takes you to the limit and beyond even the darkest corners.
So prepare and annoint yourself.
Make your decision.
You know what it will be.
Words and Picture (c) Carmit Kordov
This poem is one of a collection that will appear in a forthcoming book of Carnival themed poems and accompanying photographs by Carmit Kordov.
Please visit Carmit Kordov Words and Pictures for more poetry, photography, writing and other cultural content that veers towards Magic Realism.
Carmit Kordov is an administrator of the Folk Horror Revival Facebook group. Her poetry has appeared in Corpse Roads, a Wyrd Harvest Press book.