the truth about fireworks

An explosion of colour splatters into a million pieces across the sky.

I peer closer; see little boys and girls’ faces amongst the bright lights; wonder why they’re interrupting the fireworks display. See their arms and legs dismembered their faces burned and ugly.

Stop this madness! I yell at the conductor of lights. They’re ruining the show!

We made the show! They call from the sky then disappear behind the clouds.

Everyone pauses, ponders, then another explosion deafens our minds and their voices are lost amidst the glorious display of manufactured beauty.

(this ‘rant’ is based on a news article i read recently about boys and girls in india making fireworks in factories for westerners to enjoy on their holidays; the number of injuries and deaths occurring as a result is stupefying)



  1. Teneale said,

    April 29, 2008 at 3:46 am

    That really sucks. I mean, I love fireworks, but that is crazy! If you think about places like Disney world that put on million dollar light shows A NIGHT! if makes you feel so selfish. What kind of society do we really live in here? I’m ashamed to be a part of it sometimes.

  2. Ammee said,

    April 29, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    wow — I had no idea — it is shameful, how so often we get others to do our dirty work.

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