4th of July

Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the
       origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people
are you.
Remember you are this universe and this
universe is you.

from “Remember” by Joy Haro, 1951


by E.R. Hille

Out of the night something is born.
The living leaf holds no dew
And the hot air settles on the lake.
Something is born.  This imperious raffle
Of the mind is outlawed
And all about the night the firecrackers boom.



About the Author: New Orleanian poet E.R. Hille (1911-1991) surely thought the world was finished reading his poetry. Poydras wants to ensure that never happens.

Young couple dancing at VFW dance on occasion of Fourth of July celebration. Price, Carbon County, Utah. U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 245-MS-532L. From:: Photographs of the Medical Survey of the Bituminous Coal Industry, compiled 1946 - 1947. Created By:: Department of the Interior. Solid Fuels Administration For War. (04/19/1943 - 06/30/1947) Production Date: 07/03/1946.