KG Newman – Approaching Independence Day

The summer day my favorite poet died
I took note of the different hours
and looked life in the eye —
I didn’t lose my composure
over the leaky freezer or the dogs
digging holes in the yard, actually in fact
those stresses emboldened me as
I rode off on my bike and shouted to my neighbor
to let me know who wins the game
with plans to throw my amulet in the river
along the way. Who needs magic or hope when
I’ve vowed to stop selling my attention
and reverse the trend of trees being worth
more dead than alive, first by memorizing
the smell of fireworks.

KG Newman is a sportswriter who covers the Broncos and Rockies for The Denver Post. His first three collections of poems are available on Amazon. The Arizona State University alum is on Twitter @KyleNewmanDP and more info and writing can be found at He lives in Hidden Village, Colorado, with his wife and two kids.

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