the sky is glowing - fireworks festival JapanFriday, May 16, 2014
Smoky sky twinkles
with one hundred thousand stars
fishermen gaze on
I stood on the bank of Lake Hamana, feet planted, mouth open, eyes glued to the sky.
Roar, clap, rumble - fireworks exploded overhead in a consistent, almost rhythmic pattern.
There was a slight chill in the air, and I shivered. Not from the cold - but excitement!
Behind me I could hear the woman and children singing - their voices reflecting off the water.
Dancing, drumming, frying, laughing.
Out on the lake courageous men worked on boats,
lining up the next explosion of colour and sound.
A rainbow of light.
The man worked steadily. Lighting the fireworks and clearing away the debris after all the sparks had fizzled away to nothing. It was warm on the boat and he wore fireproof gloves to protect his hands. In the distance a red Torii Gate stood tall. He wondered if the spirits had heard his prayers.
Thanks to Jane Heinrichs and her link-up One Picture, Three Stories that inspired this post.