Her Fourth of July
     for my wife Merle, born on July 4, 1942
by Mark Fleisher

Move over America, you're
in the back seat playing
second fiddle for today
I share another of her milestones

Wide eyes wonder at your fireworks
yet we ignite our own,
march in private parades,
hearts exchanging salutes

Remember our Declarations
independent bodies
orbit in tandem around
convergent selves

Let others run up Old Glory
we exalt in the New
created mutually, happily free
embracing life's liberty


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