Wish Upon a Firefly
Fireflies twinkling after dark
Light up the greyscale trees,
Trying to attract a mate
Like people that you see.
The stars are trapped high up in space,
They sparkle from afar,
But fireflies hover close at hand,
Children catch them in a jar.
A firefly lantern lights the way
While walking in the dark,
To be released on reaching home
So they retain their spark.
They’re also known as lightning bugs,
And some synchronize their flash.
They taste quite bad to predators
So their light warns “I am trash!”
So, you can wish on shooting stars
And hope that wish comes true.
Or you can trust in fireflies
To bring good luck to you.
I wish that I may often see
A lightning bug within a tree.
Showing me the guiding light,
My pretty beacon in the night.
John Hansen © 2021
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