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A Dreamy Fourth
Stephen Mendonca


It's quieter than usual on this night of memories.

No revelers tramping the streets with wild shouts.

No cries of children scampering in the twilight.

A strangely hushed prelude to the night's fireworks.


We sit under a maroon umbrella, sipping sweet tea,

Ready for the sky to light up around us.  In the trees,

The hissing of cicadas fills the air as a flock of starlings

Rises in a wavy silhouette against a blue-grey sky.


Soon the bright plumes of fireworks explode noiselessly

In every corner of the sky.  Pinwheels, spirals, wheels of

Fire streak across the horizon, bringing a gift of illumination,

Writing their message of joy and freedom for all to see.  


© by Stephen Mendonca.
Used with the author’s permission.       




Stephen Mendonca is a lifelong lover of literature, philosophy, music, and the humanities. After two decades in the corporate/marketing/technology world, he now divides his time between college teaching, consulting, and publishing. To balance the scale, he also enjoys avant-garde movies, travel, gothic cathedrals, Renaissance culture, and the music of Chopin. Having raised four children, Stephen  says he and his wife "are currently enjoying la dolce vita in Houston, Texas, a city that abounds in technology, cultural diversity, and culinary delights." 


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Wilda Morris:
I was content to watch fireworks brighten the sky from our own home, so I didn't hear the noise they made as they went off. But our neighborhood was very noisy as people shot off their own supply of rockets and other noisemakers. I enjoyed the poem very much, and would have enjoyed the quiet.
Posted 07/06/2015 10:02 AM
Believe it or not - a quiet Devon coast-line on a lovely deep blue evening sky suddenly erupted into fire-works! There must have been an American party on methinks. It took me a minute or two to realise it was the 4th of July! We enjoyed it as much as you did - it gave us a very dramatic finish to a sunny day. Loved your poem
Posted 07/06/2015 01:20 AM
Posted 07/04/2015 08:20 AM
Thank you, Stephen Mendonca; you give a beautifully pure view of anticipation, ready for what ever crazy contortions fellow men hold in store for us and trusting their motivation.
Posted 07/04/2015 07:04 AM

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