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My E-Ticket Life
Carolyn Chilton Casas


My cousin and I let loose
by our grandmother
for an entire summer day in ’72,
how we coveted and cared for
those magic tickets, the green ones
in the front of the book
that allowed admittance
into any ride in the park.
I’ve tried to live my life
like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride—
delight at surprises bursting out
around every corner,
daring, new detours waiting to
be taken, Fantasyland,
Adventureland, forays
into Tomorrowland’s future.
Even the scary rides like
the Haunted Mansion, endured
in the name of experience.
The only thing needed—
to remember I hold that E-ticket,
giving me first-class entrance
to whatever my imagination
believes is possible.

© by Carolyn Chilton Casas.
Used with the author’s permission.


Carolyn Chilton Casas lives on the central coast of California. A Reiki Master and teacher, she often explores ways of healing in her writing. Carolyn's stories and poems have appeared in numerous publications and she is the author of one poetry collection, Our Shared Breath. A new collection, Under the Same Sky, is forthcoming. Carolyn enjoys hiking and beach volleyball; learn more about her on Instagram at mindfulpoet_ .


Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
Great line about living life like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.
Posted 08/04/2021 09:56 PM
What a fun day, and a good approach to life!
Posted 08/04/2021 05:10 PM
Good one!!
Posted 08/04/2021 12:17 PM
Wilda Morris:
I have not been to a Disney park, but I enjoyed taking Toad's wild ride with you.
Posted 08/04/2021 10:11 AM
michael escoubas:
Thank you, Carolyn . . . my favorite thing to do while stationed in San Diego in the Navy was taking my new bride to Disney World where we reverted back to childhood dreams and adventures not possible in the small mid-west farming town where we grew up.
Posted 08/04/2021 08:09 AM
Never been to a Disney park, but I love the life analogy to them! Good guidance and poetry!
Posted 08/04/2021 06:30 AM

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