F is for the Firefly – That twinkles at night


F is for the Firefly – That twinkles at night


When I was a young boy of twelve,
I stepped out into the garden of my house one night,
and looked at the enormous tree there.
I saw a tiny twinkling light falling from a branch.

I was fascinated by the light,
and ran towards the tree,
but before I could reach the tree,
the light was gone and there was darkness everywhere.

Later when I grew up,
I learned in my biology class,
that what I had seen that night,
were you the wonderful firefly.

You are also called the glow worm.
When I saw you in the garden you emitted Yellow light.
But they say you can also emit,
Red, Green and Blue light.

You emit light of different hues,
to attract mates and prey.
I must say that this struck me as,
indeed a great way to attract a bride.

I imagine a beautiful tree,
a tree with multifarious branches,
lit up by hundreds of your lot,
flashing lights from each branch.

How lovely would such a tree be,
more beautiful than any tree I have ever seen.
More beautiful than any,
artificially decorated Christmas tree.

You are a tiny torch,
a marvel of creation,
with a unique ability,
that is a wonder of wonders.

18 Thoughts to “F is for the Firefly – That twinkles at night”

  1. Oh, I could imagine the tree sparkling with fireflies. What a sight it would be. Beautiful!

    1. Jai

      Thanks Srivalli. It would indeed be a beautiful sight. Thanks for visiting.

  2. What lovely and light rhymes you compose. I’m smiling throughout. You teach me that the sweetest music is in the simplest things.

    1. Jai

      Thanks for the compliment. Most of my poems are simple because I don’t know how to write decoratively.

  3. Noor Anand Chawla

    Fireflies are indeed marvels of creation. Lovely ode to a beautiful creature.

    1. Jai

      Thanks for dropping by Noor. Yes, fireflies are indeed beautiful.

  4. Very nice. You took me back to my childhood. Our back yard twinkled at night with fireflies.

    1. Jai

      Yes, they are very beautiful. Thanks for dropping by.

  5. Nature abounds in such wonderful creations. These come in all sizes and forms.
    Thanks for reminding such elements of nature.

    1. Jai

      I am happy you are enjoying my poems. Keep visiting.

  6. Truly a marvel by the creater…I guess the sight makes all of us go awwwwwww…over them..Lovely ode tot he firefly

    1. Jai

      Yes indeed the fireflies are one of the greatest marvels of nature. Thanks for visiting.

  7. A tree lit up with hundreds of fireflies would indeed be beautiful. Weekends In Maine

    1. Jai

      Yes, it would really be pretty. Thanks for dropping by.

  8. How lovely!! I also love fireflies. I am a fantasy queen, I weave my thoughts with night sky and sparkling fireflies. Lovely poem Sir.

    1. Jai

      Thanks for visiting. Swarnali.

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