Jangolova Epo Motor

Jangolova epo motor.

It sways you, back and forth

To the edges of your narrow mind;

It throws you across surfaces,

Like water slamming up shores,

or gentle wind against the might of trees;

It tickles you—your feels

You giggle, but you want to cry

You sing, but you want to scream

It confuses you, this thing—this emotional swing

Jangolova epo motor, the voice in your head repeats,

And you take heed as you always do,

You jingle over, like a motor car;

The sound of your sorrow, a soothing lullaby

To the intimidating quietness that claims your world tonight.


“I learned that writing is the consolation prize you are given when you don’t get the thing you want the most.” 
― Lang LeavSad Girls

NB: Jangolova Epo Motor is a chorus that myself and so many other children (and adults for that matter) of my time, up until recently, used to erroneously sing when swaying on swings. Apparently, the correct thing to chant is “Jingle Over Like a Motor”. I did not know. And even now that I do, my mind still finds comfort in the battered version– there is just something perfectly flawed, a safe-ness to the awareness it brings: that something can be wrong but still feel right. Often times, it isn’t about what what is but about how what feels.

© The Short Black Girl, 2017.

5 thoughts on “Jangolova Epo Motor

  1. This reads more like flash fiction than poetry jare!
    Nice lines. I am swinging on that pendulum in my mind too, throwing my mind and cares to the wind as I fly into the sky, pushed… If only I would not obey gravity and pick issues again 🙂

    Nice lines!

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  2. I sure did see myself swinging on a Mango tree in my primary school compound after school. But, to be truthful, I never really jingled over like a motor after school. Maybe during school hours, maybe. What I really know is that I did it when I was very little at home, as my friends and I shuffled through many childhood plays like Mommy and Daddy. This was the craziest. 😁

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    1. Hahah! I can’t exactly remember jingling over either, but oh well! We are thankful for the good old days! And oh, ‘daddy and mummy’ was something too. Lol!

      Thanks for dropping a thought Sal! 🙂

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