Thursday, July 5, 2012

nothing can shake this truth.

the sun was still setting
when we claimed our spot at the top of the hill.
it said goodnight in the perfect shade of pink.
bright and hot, just like this summer.

we ate hot dogs, juicy watermelon and homemade slaw 
as the town below lit up the sky.
the horizon exploded in color.
i let out gasps and allowed awe to set in.
i thought it was beautiful.
fireworks as far as the eye could see.
"it can't get better than this."
i had no idea.

"they're starting. turn your chair around."
it was the city's turn. 
we turned our chairs and my heart stopped.
man-made stars filled the empty sky.

my eyes couldn't open wide enough.
the lights were everywhere.
they didn't stop.
my eyes raced back and forth,
back and forth
trying to take it all in.
trying to memorize the way the sparks 
looked liked fireflies and shooting stars 
that fell until they disappeared.
trying to memorize the overwhelming magnitude that came 
with each crack of light.

i didn't think it was possible to have 
such a powerful reaction to fireworks.
i was so grateful to be there, 
to be american, 
to be yours.

i wish i could take last night
and bottle it up forever.
i wish i could freeze that memory
to thaw out later.
i wish i could live in that moment because
last night,
with the magic in the sky
and you by my side,
i felt infinite. 


Shaylynn... I blahwg It's True. said...

Briss, this was beautiful.

I prepared myself to be confused as usual, instead I was moved, and so happy for you.

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Jenna said...

Beautiful, girl.

from head 2 toe said...

What a little poet you are!

twiggy@thedirtlife said...

"to freeze this moment to thaw it out later"....genius.

i loved this little post. oh, and the love for your gingivitus, and all the pretty words you used. i feel like i might have just gotten to know you more.

figure that?

ayley said...

brissa i cannot express how much i love this.

Lauren said...

Wow Brissa! Beautiful expression!

McKenzie King said...

this is beautiful.

Cara said...

Ah, praise God for such a lovely amazing night, and the words to remember it in such beauty. Love.

Kelli Anderson said...

i'm so glad you are a writer by profession.

Madi said...

this is wonderful.

kylee said...

brissa, you are amazing with your words, you know that right? like really really amazing. find a job that lets you write, you'll be a writing rockstar.