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You were a whirl around rollercoster with no brakes and even less track.

You weren’t the ride I was looking for and hell! After the first loop I wanted nothing more than to get off you then and there.

Off with you however, was never an option.

I kept us both clinging on by our fingertips. Despite the fall, the police, the lies.

Pin cushioned with splinters I tried laying track until the wood ran out and all that was left was the crash.

You walked away unharmed, and left me there, bleeding, like I knew you would.


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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Reminds me of someone that I know very well, who was in a relationship with a carnival ride operator back in the States. It was torrid, brutal, and it set up a future of strangeness.

    In short, she had fun. Well written, and excellent work!

  2. I could tell you were a poet before I read your bio. Beautiful work, both harrowing and haunting, well done!

    Where about in Shropshire? I lived in Shrewsbury for a short time 🙂

    • Thank you. It just sort of jumped out. It probably helped I that I went on a roller-coaster again for the first time in about ten years three weeks ago.

  3. Graham Lawrence says

    Intense and satisfying read. You have a lovely way with words.

  4. Caerlynn Nash says

    Excellent description of a doomed relationship! Well done.

  5. gahlearner says

    Wonderful writing, horrible relationship. What a story in such few words!

  6. I’m glad to say I’ve never had a relationship like this (I’ve never liked speed or heights – physical or emotional). Great imagery/metaphor here; nice work.

  7. Dale says

    Beautifully written. Is there a reason you don’t put the photo prompt on your site? Just curious!

  8. You got the point of a disastrous relationship across without beating the reader over the head with details. Well done.

  9. this is a beautiful metaphor!! it actually aligns super PERFECTLY with the idea of a failed relationship

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