Firecracker

Andrea Janov

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

simultaneously explode

on all four sides of us;

leaving a smoky sky

as we begin to jump

                                      off