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Fireflies (for Jan)
by J. Donald Coonrod
Thursday, November 22, 2007
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Fireflies is about the magic of summer, for young and old. Jan is my daughter, and neither of us will forget the fireflies (lightning bugs) that graced so many summer nights of our lives together. Published 2006, Coffee Press Journal; copyright, J. Donald Coonrod.

Summer comes south
with fireflies in her hair—
wonderful little flying machines
propelled here and there on tiny wings.
If you want, you can capture them;
they really don't resist—
and watch them crawl busily
over your hands and wrists.
Just when you’ve concluded
they're pretty plain and ordinary—
they pump jet fuel into their butts
and prove they're quite extraordinary.
Even more remarkable,
they’re often very likeable—
for insects that is—
but when you get really close,
they can smell pretty gross.

What finally won me over though,
were their sparkling lights
on summer nights
and the gratitude they show,
when you finally let them go.

There was one I called Michelangelo,
that I considered special;
his antics were unique;
he stood out from his comrades
who just blinked erratically
in firefly speak.

Mick couldn't hammer marble,
but he still put on quite a show,
making geometric figures glow
in the dark in a perfect yellow ark.
When in chilly autumn skies
he gave his final bows,
I felt un- expected moisture oome
into my eyes.

Firefly artists are,
you see,
as unique as you and I,
and to boot they don’t need airplanes
to fly across the sky.
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Reviewed by Cryssa C 3/18/2008
We just moved from the midwest and I will surely miss those unique little critters! I love the first stanza of your poem...
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 11/26/2007
I love fireflies,, in fact it is my email address,,,and I love the song by Faith Hill called fireflies,,, nice write
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 11/23/2007
Yea! Lightning bugs, carries a little more weight I think, maybe it is just regional. Always thought of them as such mystical, magical creatures of God, which only makes this piece that much more wonderful....

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