Dear Traveler


July Fourth    the toy war rages

            on your city streets, in the air

                                    cannon booms

                                                launch floral blitzkriegs

            firecracker artillery fire.

Why fear foreign missiles?

You wage war right here

                        for entertainment

                                    to remember you are free

                                                            from England.

You’ve saved the blockbusters

                                                proudly made in the USA

for export to other city streets and family fields.

Passenger pigeons   breasts aflame

                        ghost wings hammering

                                                            quake the trees.