Cars fill up the driveway and the street,
and overflow into the American Legion
parking lot up the block.
Family, friends, those who have become both.
4th of July graduation party. Last bash, last time
we are all together.
Dusk fades to night.
We climb onto the garage roof –
a perfect view.
The sky lights up
burst : whistle : crackle
whistle : burst : crackle : whistle
black power and chemistry
trickling into darkness.
The neighbors post fireworks, fireworks
on all four sides of us;
leaving a smoky sky
as we begin to jump