H e a r t S o n s & H e a r t D a u g h t e r s of A l l e n G i n s b e r g
N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 1 4 : A r c h i v e s E d i t i o n
Point of No Return at Noah’s Ark
"Point of No Return" TV commercial
between the News and the Weather
touts "a skyscraper among waterslides,"
the new attraction at Noah's Ark
water park in Wisconsin Dells.
Wisconsin Dells on the Wisconsin
River, a gorgeous spot that cried out
to be the only National Park
in the state John Muir grew up in
but was turned into a tourist trap
full of Indian kitsch souvenir shops.
The local Indians' weekly ceremonial,
along with "duck boat" rides through
the gorgeous gorges in World War II
amphibious landing craft, attracted
tourists in the '50s. But Indian
traditionals dancing in rocky outdoor
theater have since been replaced
by non-traditional Indian casino
and Noah's Ark waterpark. Yes,
Noah's Ark is in Wisconsin Dells,
not on Mount Ararat. And the dove
better watch out because an army
of NRA members has pressured the
DNR to allow a dove hunting season.
The "Point of No Return" commercial
camera's fastened to the head
of a slider whose bare feet frame
the fast descent down the waterslide
ending in a huge splash that looks
mighty good during a humid heatwave
reported by the cherubic weatherman
just after the avuncular anchor reported
Bush Jr.'s denial of Global Warming.
"Point of No Return" at Noah's Ark
looks like fun in commercial that touts
"Ten stories up, five seconds down."
[Originally published in NHS 2006, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs06/Poniewaz.htm.]