Showing posts with label fireflies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fireflies. Show all posts

Friday, July 25, 2014

House #123 - Fireflies 7

A Painted House A Day
House #123
Fireflies 7

American Life in Poetry: Column 280
Marilyn Kallet lives and teaches in Tennessee. Over the years I have read many poems about fireflies, but of all of them hers seems to offer the most and dearest peace.


In the dry summer field at nightfall,
fireflies rise like sparks.
Imagine the presence of ghosts
flickering, the ghosts of young friends,
your father nearest in the distance.
This time they carry no sorrow,
no remorse, their presence is so light.
Childhood comes to you,
memories of your street in lamplight,
holding those last moments before bed,
capturing lightning-bugs,
with a blossom of the hand
letting them go. Lightness returns,
an airy motion over the ground
you remember from Ring Around the Rosie.
If you stay, the fireflies become fireflies
again, not part of your stories,
as unaware of you as sleep, being
beautiful and quiet all around you.

I hope you are enjoying the Fireflies series!
Stay tuned for house #124, 125, and 126 - Fireflies 8,9, and 10.
I don't post to my Blog on the weekends. Although sometimes I surprise myself.
 I will post on Monday again.
Have a great weekend!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

House #122

A Painted House A Day
House #122- Fireflies 5


"To see the summer sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie -
True Poems flee.
- Emily Dickinson