Well done! I readily identify with the feeling. I like the inclusion of the carousel image as well, as it reflects in a sidewise way our town's festival experience (the Dentzel carousel put up each year at the Wooden Boat Festival).
Wonderful poetry Sally. And I really love how the form of the verse actually embodies the content and the experience being conveyed – each of the five lines can be read almost as a rack of the carousel, with their own pictures and partial portrayal of the town. Brilliant stuff!
Your tanka really spoke to me, Sally. I live in a coastal town in Northern Ireland and whenever anyone sees a photo or painting from here they often gasp at the scenery. I took it for granted until I moved back after living elsewhere for almost two decades and only saw it through the eyes of others on my return.