Before The Fireworks

A woman emerges
from the night
into a star spangled bar.

Her patriotism evident
wearing her Uncle Sam suit
with plenty of cleavage.

A sea of cowboy hats
floods the dance floor
at each new tune.

As the beer went down
the woman danced
the Texas Two-Step

with several young men
and pressed her sparkled red lips to cheek
as if branding them.

Not a single
John Phillips Sousa march
was played all night.

copyright © 2021 Kenneth P. Gurney

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