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FOURTH OF JULY—An American Garden of Fire

Gunpowder flowers
bloom after dark,
Flaming roses,
black-eyed susan’s
of yellow sparks,
white lightning orchids,
blue hydrangeas of flame,

GUNPOWDER FLOWERS ABLAZE 

Star spangled marathon
of ornamental explosions,

GUNPOWDER FLOWERS
BLOOMING FOR HOURS

OH SAY CAN YOU SEE
BY THE BUTANE FLAME
OF YOUR CIGARET LIGHTER
THE FUSE OF A GUNPOWDER FLOWER?

LIGHT IT AND RUN

WAIT FOR THE BOOM OF FREEDOM’S PROMISE,
WITNESS A CONSUMING GARDEN OF FIRE,
AMERICAN PRIDE
BLOOMING ON THE FOURTH OF JULY