July 31, 2012.
Suddenly cool summer evening
windows open to a quiet courtyard
Olympics in the background.
(But the storms have passed.)
Flashes of color against windows and walls of neighboring buildings.
Down the stairs, down the sidewalk,
and there they were, in a slice of sky beneath scaffolding
bursting over the Hudson.
People pass and giggle. Some stop and watch.
A common passing refrain:
"Like, what are the fireworks for?"
By Tom Eubanks