Worth The Wait

roller coaster

Arnold’s Park



She stood strong and tall
across the lake,
taunting and teasing us.

We loved our campsite:
the beach, the pool, and
a bike path was a plus.

Yet in our sights
was the allure
of something more.

Year after year
we hoped for the chance
to explore the other shore.

I’ll never forget
when Mom and Dad
surprised us. Finally…

we rode the wooden coaster
at Arnold’s Park,
on the shore of Lake Okoboji.

P. Wanken

Written for Poetic Bloomings “Life is a Beach” – Day 16: Amusement Park.


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