My yearlong odyssey into the various styles of poetry has taught me many lessons about myself. I enjoy getting lost in the world of rhyming words. There still isn’t one style of poetry I would choose as my favorite to write in. July is the perfect month to create a selection of free verse poems. This style of poetry has no rules, which I find liberating. They don’t have to rhythm, but I suspect mine will include rhyming words because that is how I roll. The first poem I plan to share this Independence Day month I call Fireworks.


Boom, Boom, boom, boom

Sound of an explosion echoing in the void of the night.

A cheap imitation of a cannon’s blast.

Streaks of light on a darkened sky

Forming into a glorious, glimmering sight

Tantalizing my surprised eye

Evaporating because the miracle wasn’t supposed to last.

Boom, boom resounds in the distance.

Flickers of light glow in the sky again

My hand knows no resistance,

As I reach out at the flickers of light

So close to the ground it can be touched.

Boom, boom another flash in the dark

Sending a shiver of excitement through my skin.

This one mirrors the last

A tribute to the rockets’ red glare

And bombs bursting in air

First red, now blue, then white

Fireworks ignited on a summer night

As I watch in exhilaration sitting in this park

Thinking about the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness

On a hot and humid 4th of July.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

6 thoughts on “Fireworks

  1. Thank you for sharing!!… going to have a quiet 4th of July here on the path, sipping a bit of tea and watching the world go by….. 🙂

    Hope you have a Happy, and safe, 4th of July and until we meet again..
    May the love that you give
    Always return to you,
    That family and friends are many
    And always remain true,
    May your mind only know peace
    No suffering or strife,
    May your spirit only know love and happiness
    On your journey through life.
    (Larry “Dutch” Woller)

  2. Free verse is probably my favourite type of poetry – free verse and typographic poetry. I really liked this one, I felt as if it perfectly captured the essence of fireworks and the onomatopeoia was a nice touch 😊

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