The London Eye by Beverly M. Collins


The London Eye
by Beverly M. Collins

Like most of life,
We jump aboard while
the ride is in motion.

Then, slowly climb to where
The view grabs attention.
The ascension unnoticed
background elevation…

Like a “People-pod,”
we are a capsule-snapshot
of humanity

Some are in awe. They laugh,
point, chatter, move all about
and embrace the ride.

Some seat themselves
(silent-but-watching) they
find something (anything)
to hold onto.

Still others curl low, snagged
by apprehension, gradually cast
their eyes from the sugar-horizon
until they can only view the floor.

We all descend then disembark.
The big wheel swings on
(without us) at full speed.

PHOTO: The London Eye (London, United Kingdom). Photo by David Henderson on Unsplash


NOTE: The London Eye, or the Millennium Wheel, is an observation wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. It is the most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, with over three million visitors annually. At 443 feet tall, when it opened to the public in 2000 it was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. The London Eye was designed by the husband-and-wife team of Julia Barfield and David Marks of Marks Barfield Architects.

PHOTO: The London Eye (London, UK). Photo by Marc Wieland on Unsplash

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Beverly M. Collins is the author of Quiet Observations: Diary thought, Whimsy and Rhyme and Mud in Magic. Her work has also appeared in California Quarterly, Poetry Speaks! A year of Great Poems and Poets, The Hidden and The Divine Female Voices in Ireland, The Journal of Modern Poetry, Spectrum, The Altadena Poetry Review, Lummox, The Galway Review (Ireland), Verse of Silence (New Delhi), Merak Magazine (London), Scarlet Leaf Review (Canada), The Wild Word Magazine (Berlin), Indigomania (Australia) and many others.  She is the winner of a 2019 Naji Naaman Literary Prize in Creativity (from Lebanon). Collins is also a prize winner for the California State Poetry Society and has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, once for Independent Best American Poetry and short-listed for the 2018 Pangolin Review Poetry Prize (Mauritius).

PHOTO: The author during her ride in the London Eye.

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