Carnival of Souls

by Jilly Dybka

The bird-like woman
at the ramshackle carnival—
the only one riding
a roller coaster in the rain.

At the ramshackle carnival
the sparse crowd seeks shelter.
A roller coaster in the rain
has but one passenger.

The sparse crowd seeks shelter.
The only one riding
a roller coaster in the rain:
the bird-like woman.

Jilly Dybka has an MFA in creative writing from Queens University of Charlotte and lives near Nashville, Tennessee, with her jazz-musician husband Darryl. Peyton Manning once was a special guest in one of her classes while she was a student at the University of Tennessee but he promptly fell asleep at the desk next to hers.