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Smelling the tar,
going a little too far
on Celebration Day.
Explosions and fumes,
we’re using up our pay
on Celebration Day.

Whistling a tune
for comrades marooned
on desert islands
soothes on Celebration Day.

Those who could not be
discovered by science
are not forgotten in truth
on Celebration Day.

Distant parts of the family
join with us soon
on Celebration Day.
Signal cannons boom
as Wisteria bloom
on Celebration Day.

Glasses of water
clash with cups of champagne
on Celebration Day.
Fallen soldiers, face up,
lie down in the shade
on Celebration Day.

And Julia gets a new rocking horse.
We join together for cartoon films
on Celebration Day.
And uncle Bill, a Rhodes Scholar,
sucks down a spliff on Celebration Day.

Some of us look up to the sky
to try to say goodbye
on Celebration Day.
A vacation day. A school and bank holiday.

Charcoal brickettes, ice cream and cake
keep us awake after an adult dose of sun
on Celebration Day.

So it’s that time again.
A time to reflect--
what the heck?
At the end of the month
will I get my health, spouse, job back
on Celebration Day?

And how did ants manage to get into that?
And why is my entire backside wet?
The back door is open, now where are the cats?
And the neighbor’s pyrotechnics mixed with Francis Scott Key
are all triggering PTSD on Celebration Day.

On Celebration Day.


from Everything But The Jokes From Bob's Notebooks, released August 12, 2017



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