Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Adventures of the Polka Dot Girls--By Marianne Szlyk--United States

The Adventures of the Polka Dot Girls

Last evening at the carnival next door,
the polka dot girls were running,
cotton candy
and pink balloons
on their way to all the rides
that they were much too old for.

This morning, the polka dot girls dance,
long, white skirts swishing.
They are waiting for the van to church,
singing hymns in Amharic,
their language,
the one that looks like
a secret code for Nancy Drew.

On their way home
past the sleeping carnival,
the girls will still be

Marianne Szlyk recently published her first chapbook, Listening to Electric Cambodia, Looking Up at Trees of Heaven, at Kind of a Hurricane Press: Her poem "Walking Past Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Winter" was nominated for the 2014 Best of the Net. Her poems have appeared in print and online, most recently in Poppy Road Review, bird's thumb, Black Poppy Review, Of/with, Walking is Still Honest, and Literature Today as well as Kind of a Hurricane's anthologies. She edits a poetry blog-zine at and hopes that you will consider submitting a poem there or voting in one of its contests.


  1. Marianne,
    What a fun and jovial write. I can imagine these polka dot girls as they travel gaily through town. Good poem.
    Your friend,
    David Fox

  2. Thank you very much, David. :) This poem was fun to write!

  3. This is an excellent and exciting write. I so enjoyed reading this brilliant poem this evening. You have compiled an awesome piece, Great work,


    1. Thank you, Rusty. :) I enjoyed your one-line poem.

  4. This is wonderful, I loved it, created a great picture!

    1. Thank you, Peggy :) I'm glad you loved this poem!

  5. Thank you, Robert Hinshaw, for the following--

    For Marianne Szlyk: What a delightful story you relate in your marvelous poem, " The Adventures Of The Polka Dot Girls!" So creative, witty and very readable. Best to you as you continue your poetical journey. Bob Hinshaw

    1. Thank you, Robert (and Karen). :) I had fun writing this poem and remembering West Hyattsville, MD & its carnival.

  6. This one had me smiling and chuckling inside, Marianne. What a delightful poem. Thank you so much for sharing it and continued blessings!

    -MJ (

    1. Thank you very much, Maurice :) Glad you enjoyed my poem!