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Roller Coaster Blues

December 21, 2009
By Emily Reineke BRONZE, South Plainfield, New Jersey
Emily Reineke BRONZE, South Plainfield, New Jersey
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Sit down and buckle up! So we can start the car and drive.
The amusement park isn't far, it's on route thirty-five.
They have a new roller coaster, the brand new sensation.
We're on the edge of our seats filled with anticipation

We stop at all the traffic lights, which all seem to turn red.
"I hope this doesn't continue," my mother turned and said.
Daddy turned and told us, "We may not make it," with a wink.
My sister's smile disappeasred; you could feel her heart sink

Little girls can be so naive. "He's just kidding," I spoke.
"How do you know?" She said softly without getting the joke.
I just laughed and rolled my eyes and fell back onto my chair.
I closed my eyes and imagined my hands high in the air.

"Oh my goodness I can't wait!" I randomly screamed out loud.
"Remember to hold hands so you don't get lost in the crowd."
My mother was so paranoid. My father said "Oh calm down."
"Oh all right." My mother answered with a small, hidden frown.

My impatient sister screamed aloud "Are we almost there?"
It had been awhile since she asked, which was pretty rare.
"Not yet my darling," My mother sighed sounding annoyed.
"Oh come on!" My sister yelled with her hopes being destroyed.

I sat back and looked out my window, the sky looked so blue.
Almost there, I thought, imagining the coaster so new.
I'll be buckled in and soar through the air like I'm flying.
"We're close," I said, my sister then spoke, "You are so lying."

As it turned out, I spoke the truth, we were closer then thought.
Mother told us to put on our jackets which we had brought.
I was speechless with excitment, I'd almost be there!
My dad said five more minutes, but I really didn't care.

I bet it will be bright red with lightning bolts on the sides!
I really can't wait to go ride this one special ride.
It can probably go one thousand miles per hour.
I was amazes when I thought about this coasters power.

When we finally arrived, out hearts filled with glee.
We drove past a sign that read "Today's parking is free!"
"Here we are!" my father said. My sisters smile returned.
"This parking lot is filled!" my mother yelled concerned.

But we happened to find a spot that was close to the park,
"I'm going to ride these rides until way after dark!"
When my sister said this, my mother and father just laughed.
Lucky for us, the special today had the prices slashed.

I ran toward the gate "Come on! Move quicker!" I shouted.
"Oh, don't tell me what to do!" My younger sister pouted.
When she calmed down and we made it too our destination,
We read the only sign there, "Ride closed for renovation."

The author's comments:
I wrote this poem after reading "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Lawrence Thayer. My Enlglish class all wrote our own narrative poems, and we tried to end them with an anit-climax for an ending. Hope you enjoy the poem!

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