Just thinking ...

fireworks—soggy, glorious!
7/4/2010 9:04:15 PM by: Elsi

Stars and stripes on my porch,

pops and booms in the neighborhood,

wild barking from my dog,

      trying to scare off the odd movement and scary noises.

But now, I am driving,

     4th of July evening,

     into a rainstorm.

The cracks and bangs are thunder;

the showy flashes are lightning,

     oddly unaccompanied by oohs and ahhs.

East and south the sky is black.

The mountains are draped in clouds.

But to the north, the sky is blue

     with whipped-cream clouds.

So I wait, in my car,

     through thunder, rain,

     fogged windows,

     lightning-induced static on the radio,

till the northern sky is dark,

     the mountains peek shyly out,

     and people venture from their automated caves

     to find seats for the show.

7 p.m.—rain over, I hike to the hill.

     Too high; I return to my car,

     switch parking lots, try again:

     set up my chair—

     blue sky, light-edged clouds,

     bug spray ... view the scene.

7:30—"May I have your attention!

The weather bureau predicts rain, maybe hail.

Please wait in your cars, 

or relax at your own risk."

8:00—I try again:

darker now,

band valiantly playing

     a la Titanic? no ...

      funnel cakes, pizza, jumping house shaped like a tiger,

     a lazy wind,

     purple—the in color for tents and umbrellas,

     flapping tarps,

     escaped plates, balls, hats,

     something blowing past me—

          cottonwood?

          small bits of trash?

          aha! soap bubbles!

Listening to people's varying reactions:

     a fly-away ground cloth—laughter;

     a hot dog rolls off his plate—"5 second rule!"

     "this is ridiculous!"

     soothing a crying baby,

     small boy under a doll's umbrella

          chuckling as his dad gets out the camera,

     wheelchair piled high with coolers and toys—

          "good thing Grandma doesn't mind sitting under the tent!"

Clouds rushing south.

I'm huddled in sweatshirt and raincoat,

     passed by a girl in shorts and spaghetti straps.

Raindrops blot my paper when they hit the point of the pen.

8:30—sudden downpour!

     family togetherness under a tarp,

     people running, lugging coolers, chair, small children:

     "Hurry!"

We wait in our cars. 

     Bang! Crack! Boom!

 They've started!

Windows open; people sit on tailgates:

     "Daddy, is this cloudy with a chance of meatballs?"

     "Reminds me of rockets, you know?"

From somewhere, "America the Beautiful,"

     "I'm Proud to Be an American!"

I sing along.

The grand finale,

     everyone cheering,

         applauding,

and the Lord punctuates the show

     with heavy downpour.

Happy birthday, United States of America!




 

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