DARIEN

The best of both worlds, an escape.
For a day or a week, the peace you seek
awaits you. It takes you far away
while keeping you near. It is here
you can pitch a tent and reinvent your psyche,
an isolated place near the lake. It makes
your nerves settle and sends your mettle packing.
You’re only lacking for convenience.

Nearby is Darien Lake amusement park, a stark culture shift
from natural to man-made mayhem. Thrill rides,
hiding spots for picnic lunches and bunches
of kiosks and games; some of the names escape me.
Amphitheater for big name acts; they really pack them in.
Set betwixt Buffalo and Batavia, a short ride for a long day’s
journey to joy. Every man, woman, girl and boy knows
that by the close of day, they’ve seen something good.

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

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