The Merry-Go-Round© by Bob Shallenberger

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Sun-bleached dreads striped by home­spun bands, tou­sled and mud­dled from the resilient north plains wind. Long beards tat­tered, pep­pered white and gray. Tat­tooed skin, red from the Dako­ta sun. Bifo­cals plas­tic, thick and brown. Tee shirts fad­ed mauve and sage. Shoes pale, old and tat­tered. Sweat­pants frayed from count­less miles and myr­i­ad hours train­ing, cir­cling the oblong track. Radios pinned …