Like popcorn popping on summer’s

hot skillet, dreams burst or grow from

a seed into strong stalks bejeweled by the sun.


The sky is a banner, the country’s

flag of stars, stripes as firecrackers

write it’s freedom story on the night.


Quivers, like a picnic tablecloth shaken from

crumbs. Our celebratory graffiti which

includes the moon and mars beyond

before dimming. Candles blown out

while we pack up, load the car full, ready

to fast forward into the sparks of autumn.


Poet’s Bio – Nancy Anne Miller is a Bermudian poet who has published five poetry collections: Somersault (Guernica Editions), Immigrant’s Autumn (Aldrich Press), Because There Was No Sea (Anaphora Literary Press), Water Logged (Aldrich Press), and Star Map (FutureCycle Press). Island Bound Mail is forthcoming in 2017 (Aldrich Press). Her work has appeared in many international journals. She teaches workshops in Bermuda.