July 4: 1-16: Fireflies and Freedom

Happy Independence Day, to all the Americans out there. And to all the rest of you … enjoy your freedoms too.

In that vein …

“fireflies are indeed a fascinating topic. of course, they allow total freedom.”

— Scott Metz

1-4.

on the same wind
fireworks
and fireflies

shining
as if you weren’t there
fireflies

fireflies
spending the night
for the first time

the moon
waxing and waning
fireflies

5-8.

never to know
about fireflies
mayflies

bees
wits unsettled
by fireflies

reciting
multiplication tables
fireflies

fever dream
a thousand fireflies
breathing

9-12.

death
the consolation of
fireflies

white pebbles
imagining the afterlives
of fireflies

bitter oranges
spitting out the seeds
at fireflies

sweet jam
at the breakfast table
last night’s fireflies

13-16.

trust
a hand cupped
around a firefly

innocence
spending money
on fireflies

ignorance
looking away
from fireflies

chained men
the light from
fireflies

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3 thoughts on “July 4: 1-16: Fireflies and Freedom

  1. Hi Melissa, love these two especially:

    reciting
    multiplication tables
    fireflies

    &

    sweet jam
    at the breakfast table
    last night’s fireflies

    Just perfect observations, really captured two moments that are made more vivid by the flies but have such simple, human bases.

    Ashley

  2. wow. so many of these are stunning. you had me at the first one. the first three awed me into silence.

    and then i remembered my own vision.

    fireflies
    above the creek
    a roadway

  3. Ashley & Wrick — Thanks so much! I’m glad some of these spoke to you.

    Wrick — Yours left me speechless too. 🙂 From above, watching traffic flow down a highway at night …

    Maybe the reason (one of them anyway) fireflies fascinate us so much is that they seem like a bridge between the natural world and the artificial. Something besides us that makes its own light.

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