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Originally published on March 24, 2014, on Tumblr.

On the other hand, the carnival is a setting where a person can work for a living even if he’s lost most of the resources society likes a person to have. Try to get a job anywhere else when you’ve lost your moorings … maybe you’re not content settling down in one place, maybe the road is better than whatever you’ve left behind, maybe you’ve got a troubled past, maybe you’re just not cut out for the nine-to-five life. All those things could be viewed as signs of a free spirit, or they could be marks of someone who’s just not fit to be among decent people, it depends which side of the fence you’re looking from.

So a carny needs some rules to be able to get along in such company: don’t nose into anyone else’s business, don’t screw up anyone else’s game, and when the trucks leave the lot all debts are paid. And you need to band together to protect yourselves (and to make a buck): don’t give ‘em your real name (after all, there was that little disagreement in the last town just a few miles away), and stand by your fellows (shout ‘hey rube’ and rowdy locals usually find that you have more and bigger and meaner friends on your side).

—From GoodMagic.com

Advice for everybody, young and old: follow through your dreams to the end!

Ferris Wheel by Donovan

Walking in the seashore twilight,
It’s then you spy carnival lights,
You slowly near the magic sight,
Tangerine sky minus one kite.
Take time an’ tie your pretty hair
The gypsy driver doesn’t care
If you catch your hair in the ferris wheel on top,
In the ferris wheel on top.
A silver bicycle you shall ride,
To bathe your mind in the quiet tide.
Far off as it seems your hair will mend
With a Samson’s strength to begin again.
Take time an’ dry your pretty eyes,
Watch the seagull fly far-off skies
To build its nest in the ferris wheel on top,
In the ferris wheel on top.
If ever I reach her.
And the moral here, if any, my friend:
Follow through your dream to the end.
Dig the seagull fly across the sky
To build its nest in the ferris wheel,
In the ferris wheel.

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