July 4*

fireworks

on the beach, finally dark at 10:30
crowds scattered in beach fires:

popping vibrant colors of the deep cosmos:
explode, burst, spray,
detonate, shake, bang,
shatter, splash, splatter,
smoke, fizz, spume,
blast, bang, boom!

the oohs and ahhs
the rapture of erupture!

*Copyright 2010 by Luther Allen. This poem appears in The View from Lummi Island.

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