4th of July on the Lake

Get the family on the boat
It’s the 4th of July on the lake

Pull away from the dock and
Join the boat parade heading for the fireworks
It’s the 4th of July on the lake

Little sis, feet in tiny pink crocs and tiny pink headphones protecting her ears
Ba-boom, ba-boom she sings out over and over
As fireworks blast from yards along the shore
Where decks are festooned in red, white, and blue
It’s the 4th of July on the lake

Big brother concentrates on his neon creation
Linking together glowing rings to stretch from head to toe
Until he looks like a miniature living firework
It’s the 4th of July on the lake

The boat is anchored and we sing along, God Bless the USA
Bright colors burst into the sky and we enjoy the show
Celebrating with families all around us
Our country that we love 
It’s the 4th of July on the lake

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4 Responses to 4th of July on the Lake

  1. Fran Haley says:

    I can just see those tiny pink crocs, and your “living miniature firework” is an absolute doll! Festive all round. So much warmth in this piece, celebrating the 4th with family. I can see that those displays must have been magnificent over the water.

  2. arjeha says:

    What a great way to celebrate the 4th. Family and fireworks make a perfect combination.

  3. Lainie Levin says:

    I loved this poem, and the rhythm and repetition you bring to it. I can’t help but think on how my favorite July 4 celebrations also fall within their own rhythm and repetition – the same people, the same foods, the same activities. I quite like it that way. And that photo – that smile! =))

  4. cvarsalona says:

    Diane, fireworks on the lake is just what I found enticing on Sunday night but you had the added feature of being on a boat watching the show. Your photo shows what fun it is to watch the fireworks and be one, too. Thanks for sharing a poem that parallels my experience but from a boater’s perspective. Reading your poem (albeit several days late) was like being in a poetry swap with a partner. What fun!

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