The Fourth of July: 2020

Our first family fourth
on American land
(Excepting the ones 
with a newborn in hand.)

Up beyond bedtime,
we took a quick walk-
but didn’t get more
than halfway round the block.

When we saw the first sparkler 
set off in the street.
We stopped for a while
and then took a seat.

It was was better than most,
this impromptu show.
(We don’t have much
to compare to, I know.) 

A mix of enthrallment
and wonder it seems,
woven together 
with squeals and screams…

The noise! I’d forgotten the deafening sound 
a small shot of light 
can make off of the ground. 

I held a girl tight, covered tiny ears,
her frame against mine
to ward away fears.
—-
Each year I’m reminded
of fourths of time passed.
Just where and with whom
did we celebrate last?

This year is the same as I tuck it away
breathe deep through the smoke 
to remember this day.

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