The Circle Game – Joni Mitchell – Illustrated with Photographs

The Circle Game
by Joni Mitchell

Yesterday, a child came out to wonder,

Yesterday a child came out to wonder

Caught a dragonfly inside a jar,

Caught a dragonfly inside a jar

Fearful when the sky was full of thunder,

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And tearful at the falling of a star

And tearful at the falling of a star

And the seasons, they go round and round.

And the Seasons they go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down.

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We’re captive on a carousel of time.

We're captives on a carousel of time

We can’t return, we can only look behind from where we came,

We can't return we can only look Behind from where we came

And go round and round and round in a circle game.

We're captive on the carousel of time

Then the child moved ten times round the seasons.

Then the child moved ten times through the seasons

Skated over ten clear frozen streams,

Skated over ten clear frozen streams

Words like, “When you’re older,” must appease him,

Words like when you're older must appease him

And promises of someday make up his dreams.

And promises of someday make his dreams

And the seasons, they go round and round,

And the seasons go round and round

And the painted ponies go up and down.

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We’re  captive on a carousel of time.

We can't return we can only look Behind from where we came

We can’t return, we can only look behind from where we came,

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And go round and round and round in a circle game.

I have created several writing prompts that evolved from my finding the images to illustrate one of my favorite of Joni Mitchell’s songs. Here

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