|July 4th is a day for
Underneath an unforgiving sun;
Later, fireworks, perhaps the news,
Yawns, some love, and then the day is done.
For most it is a day for celebration
Of something so familiar that its grace,
Unnoticed as a routine revelation,
Remains interred in its accustomed place.
This neglect of what sustains one's life
Has its twin in the love of man and wife.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon