The long slide from hope to rage (A poem)

This pantoum was inspired by the title of an article appearing in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/02/the-guardian-view-on-super-tuesday-the-long-slide-from-hope-to-rage

They say it’s a long slide from hope to rage
some have been on the slide for a long, long time
Some stand at the top, peering nervously over the edge
hoping it’s not their turn this time

Some have been on the slide for a long, long time
not knowing when or where they’ll stop
but hoping it’s not their turn this time
the crash is more frightening than the drop

Not knowing when or where they’ll stop
a dream begins to form of a possible way out
The crash is more frightening than the drop
though it would extinguish all doubt

A dream begins to form of a possible way out
a curve, a trap door, a jack-in-the-box spring
Though it would extinguish all doubt
what solution can a dream possibly bring?

A curve, a trap door, a jack-in-the-box spring
none of these appear to reverse the danger
What solution can a dream possibly bring?
Fear becomes tiring, and turns into anger

as none of these appear to reverse the danger
The crash is inevitable now
fear becomes tiring, and turns into anger
Where? When? How?

The crash is inevitable now
it would be better to have been locked in a cage
Fear becomes tiring, and turns into anger
They say it’s a long slide from hope to rage

(2 March 2016)