The poem uses a real event that happened in my hometown (Richmond, Indiana) in 1968. There was a gas leak downtown that caused an explosion that killed 41 people and my mother, a young girl at the time, had just left the area where the explosion took place.
This poem is a great example of what I was discussing in my last post about the combination of fact and fiction. This poem blends the two very well.
-Stephen (Happy Mother's Day)