She opens the door and steps inside.
The tainted air seethes,
its teeth still gnashing.
Flinty sparks of syllables whirl
through an aftermath of fireworks
that seeps into her bones.
Some nights are strategic airstrikes.
Each parent bombards the other
with a blaze of semantically
driven soul missiles that
they think she never hears.
They teach her that.
She tiptoes out the door,
then bolts before anyone notices
that she ever came home.
Brenda Warren 2012
This is my response to a writing challenge at Trifecta, which is to use the third definition of fireworks in a piece between 33 and 333 words in length.
1: a device for producing a striking display by the combustion of explosive or flammable compositions
2: plural a display of fireworks
a : display of temper or intense conflict
b : a spectacular display