Poem #9 By Ingrid Exner using Prompt #9 “Canoeing, Camping and Fireflies”

Canoeing is magical in the

twilight of night and,

if you stay even  later, a firefly may

come into sight!

 

Fireflies hug tree lines and,

weave in and out

as they dance!

So catching sight of a firefly

is a combination of

luck and great chance.

 

If you stay in your cottage and don’t venture outdoors,

you may never see a firefly

and experience the beauty and its strange lore.

Fireflies are drawn to the heat of the night

and, when it gets cold,

they disappear from sight.

 

So, get out of the cottage and into the night,

To see the fireflies dance!

Oh, what a beautiful sight!

Poem #9 by Ingrid Exner, Half Marathon 2020

12 thoughts on “Poem #9 By Ingrid Exner using Prompt #9 “Canoeing, Camping and Fireflies”

    1. Thanks Vijaya! I love canoeing and seeing the fireflies dance along the tree line <3 You have to stay awake as you see them best around 12 or 1 am…but it is worth it!

  1. “If you stay in your cottage and don’t venture outdoors,

    you may never see a firefly

    and experience the beauty and its strange lore.”

    This is so vivid; I love the cadence, rhyme, imagery and theme of this poem. Thank you for writing it! <3

    1. Thanks for your kind words Meredith. I have been mesmerized and hypnotized by the dance of the fireflies since I was very young and they would fly out of the woods toward toward my lantern as I walked the path toward the bathroom while out camping. On those late evening walks, the dance (and company of the firefly was very reassuring. Their appearance while out paddling later in life added to the romance.

    1. Thanks you Ofuma! I tend to use a lot of rhyming couplets and a simple rhyming scheme. However, I do this on purpsoe. When I studies poetry at the university level, I found out why people such as Blake used this wodnerful yet simplistic rhyming scheme…to invoke innocence and a childlike quality…to remind us of our childhood. And, this is what fireflies do for me.

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