do you so rarely appear now
to light my sky?
You lantern-lit the rosebushes
in my garden in Ametlla
as if flitting from branch-to-branch
did we frighten you away
with our light-hungry folly?
And where will you now stay?
Lighting up a Christmas bush
under the carved figure of Christ
crucified in Bled, under the moonlight:
Won’t you tell me where you fled?
do we not curb our damaging
dangerous to you, and threatening to me?
Perhaps you can tell me, little firefly, why?
For now I cannot see.
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Written for dVerse
This is my second poem for Sarah’s ‘Creepys and Crawlies‘ prompt at dVerse. It was inspired by Judy Dykstra-Brown’s poem, ‘Incandescent Insect Insomnia,’ which reminded me of the few times I have seen glow worms (or fireflies) in my life. I read a bit more about them on Wikipedia, and found out that they, like so many other species, are in decline worldwide. I also found out that they are good indicators for the state of biodiversity and the effects of light pollution, as when we do see them, we tend to take notice.