(a small shadow)

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firefly
a small shadow
on the star chart

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.Notes from the Gean 3:1, June 2011

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.Addendum, 6/21/11:

I was thrilled when the following French translation of this haiku appeared on my Facebook page, courtesy of the marvelous Vincent Hoarau:

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luciole

une petite ombre

sur la carte des étoiles

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Merci beaucoup, Vincent!

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6 thoughts on “(a small shadow)

  1. Thanks Johannes, Kirsten, Aditya…But no fireflies in Denmark or New Zealand?! And apparently not many in India… My mind is blown. Can’t imagine a summer not filled with tiny flying lights. I hope all three of you get to see some soon…

  2. Growing up in Athens, Greece, I watched many fireflies. Now, I can only report their yearly presence near the Bavarian lake Ammersee! In London, where I live part of the year, I haven‘t seen any. I think they’ve all gone inside my head!

    old pond—
    the glow-worms and I
    travel far

    Your firefly haiku, though, Melissa is a star… I like the sense of absence and its strength, the sense of distance and identity it points to, and the associations it evokes. Wonderful!

    • Thanks for the lovely compliment and analysis, Stella. Wonderful humor in this one you have here.

      I am amazed at how many places don’t seem to have fireflies! I think I thought they were universal somehow…

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