The asphalt street is
lined with lawn chairs and blankets
An arsenal sits, ready
to launch into the
darkening cloud-feathered sky
The celebration is marked by
resounding CRACKS echoing across the valley
Sparks rain above our heads
Children “Ooooo!”
Adults “Ahhhhhhh!”
I smile quietly into the night
as the sizzling sounds bind
precious childhood wonder to the present
Each one is a celebration of delight
I can still see them when I close my eyes
Brilliant fire flowers in the sky

~ Nikki Anne Schmutz


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