Rockets Red Glare

1 min
10 votes
In competition

Dominic Loise lives in Chicago, Illinois. He is open about and advocates for mental health awareness. His work has appeared on Alchemic Gold Poetry Society, Raven Review & Calm Down and in Collective  [+]

Image of Summer 2020

Middle Of The Dead End Street 

Folding Tables Connect

Brought From Different Homes

PotLuck Dinner At Dusk

On The Family Block

Kids With Sparklers

Running In The Safely Blocked Off 

Road Like June Bugs

Sideway Parking Stopping Traffic

Back Then

Dad’s Had Luxury Vans

Mom’s Had Station Wagons

And The Country Had A Gas Crisis 

But On This Day

We Were Independent 

The Sun Went Down

With Some Drinks 

Corks Popping With Fireworks 

Hitting The Potholes 

As Neighbors Started 

Tearing Down Fences 

Setting Each Other Off

Before Wine Rot 

Took Hold To Far

The Block Captain 

Started Shooting Off 

His Bottle Rockets 

And Under The Scent Of Sulfur

We Enjoyed An Array Of Colors

Fall And Fade Way Past Bedtime

The Next Morning

Blast Pock Marks 

And Paper Scraps

As A Grandmother 

Newly Arrived

Asian Immigrant Family 

Not Invited To The Festivities 

Took Her Daily Walk

Early In The Morning 

On The Opposite Street Side 

From Here Home

As Not To Set Off

Any More Fireworks 

By Passing In Front Of

The Wrong House 

In The Neighborhood 

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10 votes

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Tony Martello · ago
Liberating poem! I felt the intensity and action on your street! my full support-5 votes for this one, Dominic. Check out my entry, "Maize of Color" in the short fiction section of this contest and vote if you like it! Tony