Heartland Motorsports Park, Topeka, KS Photo by Sallee Bonham.
Red, white and blue flags flying from post and pillar, Cheerily snapping and popping in the hot wind, Accompanied by the sharp, staccato cracks and bangs from firecrackers and bottle rockets. At last, the night sky is ornamented with glittering starbursts that follow earth bound KABOOMS and WHUMPS, Hot fire flowers of exploding color, caught between the silent constellations and the Oohs and Ahhs of an adoring crowd. An artillery barrage of peace caught for a fleeting moment, Before fading away amid acrid gunpowder smoke. Dying beneath the stars.