Fireworks

First a pounding thud as a trailer goes up into the sky.

It waggles its way like a tadpole trying to escape into the mud,or a hammer being thrown way up high.

For a moment it disappears, turning its back on us.

Then there is a boom and a spider of colors weeds out above our town.

The ground is awash in light.

I stop thinking about women or the fool I’ve been tonight dancing in front of the band.

I stand amazed as though I am seeing the birth of the universe.

How many people see this, I wonder, in Uganda, or Peru, or poorest India, or Iran?

I don’t notice my back against a fencepost, a piling in the harbor of this parking lot at the bank.

I only see the garden of fire above me and then the crowd laying back with their paint roller faces, big and flat and oval, and covered with light.


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