Circle Game

Yesterday, a child came out to wander.
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar.
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder,
And tearful at the falling of a star

And the seasons, they go ’round and ’round
And the painted ponies go up and down.
We’re captive on the carousel of time.
We can’t return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.

Then the child moved ten times
’round the seasons.
Skated over ten clear frozen streams.
Words like, “When you’re older”, must appease him
And promises of someday make his dreams.

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now.
Cartwheels turn to car wheels through the town.
And they tell him, “Take your time.
It won’t be long now
‘Til you drag your feet to slow the circles down.”

And the seasons, they go ’round and ’round
And the painted ponies go up and down.
We’re captive on the carousel of time.
We can’t return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty.
Though his dreams
have lost some grandeur coming true
There’ll be new dreams,
maybe better dreams, and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through.

And the seasons, they go ’round and ’round
And the painted ponies go up and down.
We’re captive on the carousel of time.
We can’t return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.

And go ’round and ’round and ’round
in the circle game.

~ Joni Mitchell, Circle Game

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2 Responses to “Circle Game”

  1. So true- My boy’s 22 now and it seems like just yesterday we were flying kites and chasing dragonflys.. playing cars in the dirt in the field next to our house…

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