Remember your childhood Fourth of July fireworks, the wonder and mystery of still night air and bursting flame?
Wish I could re-live those enchanted moments … And here’s my adult take: if you decide to attend a fireworks display, remember to wear hearing protection (ear plugs). Those explosions are loud and can cause permanent hearing loss. That’s a fact, but it sure takes away some of the magic …
scent of children
daddy holding hands
lights exploding in the air mysterious.
Tell me about the secrets of the flame
about the holding of hands
and how it ended.
Remember fire and light
the soft air of a summer night
the last fading percussion
of a great flower blossoming
over the windy trees.
Imagine thunder in the dark
the swift presence of rain
the smell of the crisp, burned air.
And one more wild bud bursting
directly above us, falling all around us
one more for the bright red heart
before the last small fires of childhood