General Poetry posted November 4, 2017

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a Burns Stanza for Potlatch 11/4


by Leineco

          We lined the Hudson River's banks
          and dined on Coney Island franks
          while tall ships passed her green-robed flanks.
            A raucous throng,
            we came to cheer, we grateful yanks
            ...two million strong!

          To celebrate two centuries
          of welcoming diversities
          a gleaming pyrotechnic frieze
          burst out on high;
          white sparks and glinting raspberries
          lit up the sky.

          And so, July of eighty-six
          both city slicks and country hicks
          joined up to let the show transfix
            as Liberty
            was feted 'midst the steel and bricks
            of N.Y.C.


On July 4, 1986, in celebration of Lady Liberty's 200 years hence dedication, a three day event in NYC, called Liberty Weekend, was presented.
I could not find any source that would estimate the attendance for the fireworks display, but I was there and my "feeling"/memory sense is that the number was somewhere between 2 and 3 million.

I did, however, find this:

"...the highlight of the night was the largest fireworks display in American history, and at the time the largest in the world. The display included 22,000 aerial fireworks, launched from 30 barges and other vantage points, in addition to 18,000 set pieces. It was co-produced by four family-owned fireworks firms, namely the Zambelli, Grucci, Santore and Sousa families"

Burns Stanza basic construction: 6 lines, iambic meter with syllable count 8,8,8,4,8,4 and rhyme scheme a/a/a/b/a/b

Club entry for the "Poetry Potlatch 10-18-2017" event in "POTLATCH POETRY".  Locate a writing club.
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