One weekend we went to the Lake

To swim, sunbathe, and ride the waves,

But this was the Fourth of July

So there'd be fireworks tonight! 


I always wondered how

Fireworks are so loud.

They never say, “Excuse me.”

Or “Sorry for the fuse length.”

Or “Would you mind?”

Or “Could I please?”

Or “Is it too weird

How I breathe?” 


Fireworks just soar on up

Then burst apart

As they erupt,

And shine so bright,

So hot and light,

For all the faces near who might

Long for beauty in their sight. 


Every heart is bathed in peace.

Every soul here wants to breathe,

To bask in power they create

When showing up 

To celebrate

The future of the land

When freedom is at hand.

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