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Author Name: Premiumlionheart 13 Comments
Date Added: July 02, 2008 05:07:30 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Where Have All the Fireflies Gone?
Where have all the fireflies gone? 
 
Where once they graced us
With ethereal light,
The woods are now dark
As the darkest night.
 
They came down the valley
And across the fields
Sparkling and blinking
Their mating appeals.
 
Could it be chemicals
So liberally bestowed
Over our gardens
To help them grow?
 
Was it our ignorance of long ago,
Rings and bracelets
And firefly lanterns
Sadly aglow?
 
Night birds and crickets
Still sing their song
And nocturnal critters
Still scurry along,
 
But where have all the fireflies gone?
 
Author's Notes:
September, 2005
 
Cathy Sawyer recently posted a poem
about hiking where she saw fireflies.
I want to go there or anywhere else they've
been seen. I think they're 
about gone forever as are many of our other
creatures on earth because of abuse.
I never see them in Texas anymore.
 
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Comments:
Comment By: FreeReborn on July 7, 2008 06:35:45 PM Report
Awww, there's tons where I'm from Lionheart!! Just come up a few states and see them!!! Or capture some and take them back, we'll share the great beauty!!

 

*~Reborn~*

Comment By: FreeGlata on July 7, 2008 06:18:49 AM Report
We've still got 'em here in NC...the fields look  like tiny villages sometimes, sparkling and glowing at night. However, they are fewer and more far between than they used to  be. Sad...so very sad...

Lovely work, SP....

Hugs! Sunshine

Comment By: FreeBarbara Demasson on July 2, 2008 07:23:22 PM Report
I've never caught a firefly in my life. Just the other day I did see one while I visited the farm. Sometimes there are several out and about in the evening, hanging around together but this little guy was a loner. I can't say they are around often...at least not around me but maybe they are content and lighting up the world in their own small way while a safe distance from humans. Or maybe they are there when I'm not....whatever the case, rest assured, they are still around.

 

Perhaps chemicals have thinned them out though...I'm not sure but it seems to be a logical assumption. I'm curious about the "rings and bracelets". Did you squeeze the extract to make your wrist and finger glow? Sounds like something young boys would do. =))

 

~Barbara~ *who wonders about the abundance of fireflies you may have once experienced* 

Comment By: PremiumVizualEnsemble on July 2, 2008 04:11:13 PM Report
Well you can come to my house....I watch them every evening. I even see them out

during the day (which is strange to me ). Me and my grandson love to catch them,

check them out and then release em'. I absolutely love to sit out at night and watch

their diaplay. I love this write.

Hugs to you SW,

Penny

Comment By: FreeGraham Jones on July 2, 2008 02:34:38 PM Report
I feel as you do Richard they seem to be a rarity over here as well, not the case when I was a child, it does make you wonder, great write as always~Graham.
Comment By: FreeRoger Bacon on July 2, 2008 02:16:58 PM Report
Richard, I remember reading this poem several years ago.  Your poetry always leaves something with me. 
Comment By: FreeCathy on July 2, 2008 12:35:24 PM Report
I have seen many in the woods around us not to many where I live but when camping there are all around again in the wooded areas But your right the seem less and less. Excellent and so very beautiful is your poem your words just touched my heart and now I am thinking we are they I haven't been camping in a few years will have to check it out.
.....Perfect write .........Cathy

Comment By: FreeAmy on July 2, 2008 11:40:45 AM Report
I have wondered the same thing many times. Every time I open a pickle jar I think of fireflies because when I was a  girl I used a pickle jar to house the ones I'd catch. I associate the smell of the jar with the flies...I hope I'm not to blame, I know I didn't catch them all.

Took me back to childhood. Loved it.

~Amy

Comment By: FreeCindy Bendel on July 2, 2008 09:36:19 AM Report
Richard,

I live on the point of an island and have to pass large fields of farm land. On many summer nights the fields are loaded with the tiny yellow lights from these wonderous insects. Sometimes I will pull over and cut my lights off and watch them, they are always a delight to see.

How your poem reminded me of the hot evenings of my childhood, when we would collect them in a jar with holes poked in the lid. I can hardly believe we did such a thing now!

 

A lovely piece to read.

~Cindy xo

 

 

Comment By: PremiumMary Lou Allen on July 2, 2008 07:49:01 AM Report
Mama and I often traveled together and frequently shared a room. One night in a cabin in the woods, after lights out, I saw mysterious lights moving in the room. I asked Mama if she saw them. She did. It was fireflies dancing across the ceiling. We watched their graceful movements for an hour. Left the doors and windows open next day so they could get out if they so chose.

 

That was about five years ago. Haven't seen a firefly since. Nice work, Richard. ML

Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on July 2, 2008 07:23:59 AM Report
Richard,
 Awesome poem... Your so right not as many here as use to be... We see in a summer maybe 10 or so .. it is a shame isn't it??
 Hugs ~ She Whispers

Comment By: FreeSteve on July 2, 2008 07:12:19 AM Report

Nice write Richard.  They are still around.


Comment By: FreeGee on July 2, 2008 07:01:50 AM Report

No, there still have many here in my country.. would you like to come over?
Great write Dad...I like this....

Hugs,
Geexx






 


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