It was too generous for gunshots,
too casual for fireworks. Our house
sparked once, then oncetwice, oncetwice.
Fire. In this day and age. Livid
until we understood, we rose from bed
and put on pants, one leg, then the other.
You called the fire chief. You were the first
of us to put on clothes and transition,
private to public, while the heavens and sun spots
took stock of us, shrugged, passed us over.
A long time
went by, everyone in their pajamas trading
tales of worse than a …