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A Celebration of Bats by Jessica Nash

We gather at a lake where fireworks shower
this Fourth of July. Over cheeseburgers,
the plum sunset ferments into night wine.
Coarse grass scuffs my skin,
cigarette smoke lingers in my lungs.
Mosquitoes stalk my flesh,
my blood, their sweet bourbon.

Roses blossom from seeds of sharp sound.
Neon candy, fish tank pebbles,
fall from the sky. The horizon
is a procession of canvasses splattered by paint.
A bebop of bright embers
buzz, zap, zing and crackle
as girls twirl with sparklers.
This feast of light and sound dazzles,
yet fades and fizzles, too fleeting for memory.

Suddenly, like a whirlwind of leaves,
bats rush from trees,
shaken into insanity by human thunder.
Their dark felt wings chant beauty
through the smog of perished fireworks.

[Jessica Nash photo]BIO: Jessica Nash lives in Olympia, WA. She has a bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College where she studied creative writing, literature and performance. Her poems were recently published in Poems Niederngasse, Commons Swords, On Uneven Ground and Lush. Jessica has self published a chapbook called A World of Buried Paintings. Email:

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