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You were still alive when I started this poem.
Maybe Newport's walls couldn't hold you in after all,
Maybe running away from home is the only way back.

I spend every summer looking for you in the sky,
between the blurred bokeh of carnival lights
and the blasts of mortars. 
Nothing but smoke.

I hang on to that last week in August like a promise.
Maybe in the crowd of two hundred thousand,
your face would flicker in the dark
before disappearing altogether. 

But after the bright lights burst, 
all we are left with is blue bruising into orange
and the fade of sulfur in the air.

After it's  over,
all that we have
are the ashes in our palms.
Okay, so remember that time we shot
bottle rockets off at the neighbor's roof,
just because fuck 'em, you said.
Light 'em up.

You'd buy those silver, round whirlygigs,
flying razorblades, you'd call them,
because you loved anything sharp,
dangerous, laughing when one'd skirt
too closely to your heels.

We'd drive to Hudson the week of the fourth,
Go to that little fair.
You know, the one on the St. Croix.
That's not there anymore,
but neither are you, I guess.

I spent those summers lighting the tails
of Black Cats and roman candles with your cigarettes,
You'd always say, careful, lighting it for me
burning your hands instead of mine.

No matter how many cherry bombs
and jumping jacks we threw into the street,
No matter how many lawn fires we put out,
We weren't ready for this.

Your life was a fireworks finale gone wrong,
No matter how fast I was at running from the sparks,
All I could do was hang on,
watching you go up in smoke.

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AlwaysRainCheck Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch. :heart: 
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c: You're very welcome. Thank YOU for the watch.
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You're so welcome. :heart: 
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Thanks so much for the watch and favorites! :tighthug:
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thank you for the watch (:
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i am a little slow, but thank you kindly for the watch. ♥
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Thanks very much for the watch. :heart:
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