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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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Thank you Stephen, I, too, am living la dolce vita in my little corner of the world.🌅
Posted 07/04/2015 08:21 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
Thoughtful. Wouldn't it be wonderful if joy and freedom truly described our lives.
Posted 07/04/2015 05:52 AM
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