Jul 4, 2008

Independence Day

Like a bird on the wire,
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.

            - Lenord Cohen

Under a red-and-white tent in a parking lot near the intersection of Ga. Highway 138 and Tara Boulevard, the Jonesboro Church of God is selling a selection of all-legal fireworks, and using the proceeds to support a sick child, according to pastor Danny Henderson.

The displays shows how each firework rates for loudness and variety of colors.

Henderson said his favorite firework is a fat, multi-colored fountain, which is shaped like a bullet and labeled, "44 MAGNUM."

"It's rated four," he said. "So it's got the most colors. It's got all the colors. It goes up" -- the pastor shot his hands up into the air, like he would dive into the deep end of a pool -- "and then it comes down."

Henderson arched his hands down, showing how the fountain of sparks would look by wiggling his fingers.

He mimed the explosion in the middle of his tent, full of Fourth of July fireworks, in the middle of a mostly-empty parking lot, and it was like you could almost hear someone singing off-key about red rockets and bursting bombs.