Many ways to spell good night. Fireworks at a pier on the Fourth of July
spell it with red wheels and yellow spokes.
They fizz in the air, touch the water and quit.
Rockets make a trajectory of gold-and-blue
and then go out. Railroad trains at night spell with a smokestack
mushrooming a white pillar. Steamboats turn a curve in the Mississippi crying
in a baritone that crosses lowland cottonfields
to a razorback hill. It is easy to spell good night.
Many ways to spell good night.
This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day by the Academy of American Poets.