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Sentiment In Santa Cruz by Katey Taylor


cotton candy and carnival rides, stretched across the boardwalk tides

youth felt eternal under carousel lights, dizzy and dazed, I lost my sight

clowns and jokers crowded in, taking me for another spin

twirled me fast into duress, their face paint and evil stained my dress

stuck in the house of mirrors and scares, they took my innocence, this isn’t fair

found an escape through a trap door, only to end up wanting more

now I wear a smeared rouge smile, succumbed to a vicious loop of denial

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