The sky was lit up with a panoramic display,
echoing thunderbolts for emphasis.
A million sparkling multi-colored gems,
configurations of sunbursts and flowers erupting,
and parachutes streaming down,
blinking light flickering briefly when they touch down.
Doused by the lake, they fizzle and die
while frightened ducks scatter nearby.
A flag unfurled, a patriotic swirl of 9/11 significance,
red bleeding into white stars in the midnight blue sky
etched forever in our consciousness.
Boats drift in formation like a thousand searching eyes
reaching out to hold in their spell
the magnificence of the Star-spangled scene.
All too soon, only the intricate web
of sooty smoke remains,
and the full moon is restored to its rightful place
in the star-studded universe.
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!