Poetry

Catch a Firefly

Come and catch a firefly with me
Like we are children playing free
Alone in a field designed for us
The grass, the trees, the flowers,
Perfection. What shall we do with it?
Put it in a jar, poked holes in lid,
Watch it become our lantern?
Or watch it languish alone?

Dare we lift the lid, reach inside
Draw the firefly out to jar’s rim
Then sit together and just watch?
Eyes open, we await the exact moment
When it will choose to take flight,
Trace a swift arc around our field
Recapture enough lost time to then
Light up a whole universe within.

We will each reach out our hands
To catch it again, this light
Passing through our fingers like air.
I close my eyes, like a blind man
Turn my fingers to your skin and trace
The wholeness of a moment I sought
When I became aware of light spilling
Down the back of my soul, needing capture.

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28 thoughts on “Catch a Firefly

  1. Beautiful

    “Turn my fingers to your skin and trace
    The wholeness of a moment I had sought
    When I first became aware of light spilling
    Down the back of my soul, needing capture.”

    you offer your cupped hands
    to hold my soul reverently
    the radiance you have captured
    carving your image
    into my night

    Liked by 2 people

  2. manasal397 says:

    Really took me into my childhood, an amazing poem. Remembering those days is mesmerizing. Your thoughts are excellent and the framing of those lines is wonderful.

    Liked by 1 person

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