People from around the world filled the square
The Olympic Green… a long park that included the bubbled swimming venue known as the Water Cube
Dad and I wandered closer to the Bird’s Nest stadium…
They stood as still as an army of terracotta soldiers
This minute symmetry hinted at the planning and vision that had gone into the venue.
Up close, the woven pillars of the stadium were thick concrete.
each tier was quickly filling up with frenzied Olympics guests
The flames multiplied, taking the shape of the five Olympic rings.
…becoming a giant scroll formed from parchments of light.
A row of blue-clad figures paraded into the arena carrying tall yellow fans.
Women in wide blue and red skirts twirled around the towers…
Thick red columns rose out of the golden towers
Electric green dancers boiled out of the floor
A great sphere rose from the floor
The crowd cheered for each country…
The United States of America
Yao Ming carried the flag.
A massive Olympics flag entered the stadium
He raised it into the air, and then he rose into the air too.
We walked weak-kneed away from the Bird’s Nest, which was glowing like the aftermath of a bonfire.