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lightning bugs
by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

Sunday, August 17, 2003

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one of my
greatest pleasures
as a kid in ohio
was catching
lightning bugs
don't see them much
not like i used to
and how i miss them
right around sunset
you'd look and
a sudden tiny light
look look another one
there's one over there
::blink:: ::blink::
there's some over here
lookit by the woods
there's a whole mess of em
::blink:: ::blink:: ::blink:: ::blink::
mom can we catch lightning bugs
she'd get us a container
if glass she'd say
don't run
you'll fall and break it
you'll cut yourself
and away we'd go
come to papa
::blink:: ::blink::
rats i missed
GOT ya
then when we'd catch one
we'd say
*i wonder
i wonder
why lightning bugs
don't thunder*
i don't know why
tradition i suppose
but we always said it
karen there's one on your head
then she'd get mad
::blink:: ::blink::
got im
we'd catch a whole mess of em
oooooh pretty
watch them flashing
some slow :: b l i n k:: ::b l i n k::
some in rapid fire succession
we'd watch them awhile
and then
let them go
watching as they traced
patterns of light
in the darkness of night
zigzagging here and there
competing with the stars
lights above
lights below
o, how we loved
to watch them glow

(c) karla dorman, 2003

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Reviewed by The Gentle Man 8/18/2003
Karla, you made me smile and brought back such good memories of my childhood. I too loved to catch lightening bugs. Thanks for the trip back to my
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight* 8/18/2003
Wonderful write Karla! Keeps the Child inside full of wonder.

Really like this ending:
"watching as they traced
patterns of light
in the darkness of night
zigzagging here and there
competing with the stars
lights above
lights below
o, how we loved
to watch them glow"

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 8/17/2003
Enjoyed reading this one this morning!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by E T Waldron 8/17/2003
Wonderful remembrances you gave me Karla, catching them in jars hiding them under dark covers to see them glow in the house, then letting them go;-)lovely whimsical write
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 8/17/2003
We use to do the buggs lighting up and kids chasing them with clapping hands and shouts....
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 8/17/2003
Most Californians Don Even Kno Wha Lightening Bug Is_
They Think It's Those Lights In There Heads When There LOADED On Drugs!

Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 8/17/2003
I don't see that many anymore either karla. Delightful write. I hope you twin is not hurting too much...your friend.......Ron
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 8/17/2003
Heard that they were becoming an endangered species from so many research studies being conducted on them. hee, hee.
Reviewed by Vicky Jeter 8/17/2003
Hi Karla
LOVE the pic of you two on your bio page!
Beautiful! -- And the poem is a charmer--been hearing a lot about th Joy of lightening bugs for children lately.
I've been traveling a lot, but I'll be around
Love Vicky
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 8/17/2003
Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Wish I were there too.

May Lu a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 8/17/2003
Ah, Karla, I got to see some in Wisconsin on vacation!! And deer, lots of deer, one doe had 3 fawns! And one jumped out in front of us in midmorning, couldn't believe it!! Thanks for the memories of firefly summers! :)
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/17/2003
I enjoy the lighting bugs too! I was blinking and watching a few of them last night. Wonderful write.
Reviewed by John Bidwell 8/17/2003
Thank you...precious memories.
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 8/17/2003
Oh yes Karla, lighting bugs. The same in Illinois...I was so fascinated by them. Used to punch airholes in a canning jar and catch the fly flies at night and watch the glow build up. Today I would love to just passively see them again. They were so beautiful. Bill Murray
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/17/2003
thanks for the memories; enjoyed this bit of nostalgia! lovely write, karla; thanks for sharing! :D (((HUGS))) and much love, your twin, karen lynn.
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