Fireworks

I wonder:
Do squirrels and birds and strays
feel the meaning of fireworks
in their bones?
Do they steal away for a bit of rest,
knowing that those Strange Things
are busy and harmless, or—
at least for tonight—
harmful only to themselves?
Or do they flash over power lines
and dip under branches
and dart across fences,
convinced their calendars might end,
year after year,
terrified amnesiacs?

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5 responses to “Fireworks

  1. Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  2. Steven, this is pretty funny. Although I am sad to hear that the hermit crab got spooked and pinched your daughter, I think the crab’s motive is ambiguous. Think about it: the crab only has pincers to communicate, and we just assume it’s angry all the time. What if it was trying to give her a sweet peck on the cheek? What if he was just a swell crab instead of an angry crab? We’d never know. Thanks for your anecdote!

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  4. You are my inhalation, I have few web logs and rarely run out from post :). “‘Tis the most tender part of love, each other to forgive.” by John Sheffield.

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