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Around the Square
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008

Lightning bug.


Whatever you wanna call it, they fly a light.

And bring magic to warm evenings.

Dark sky.

Day’s heat hanging on.

All’s quiet.

Sittin’ on the porch.

And then you catch a glimpse.

Was that…?

Did you see…?

And there…another one.

And then over there.

Tiny twinkling lights.



Flickering in the darkness.

Somehow it cheers the soul.

As if one were witnessing fairies.

Or mini-micro-UFOs.


From the family Lampyridae.

(According to trusty Webster.)

Winged beetles, actually.

Active at night.

(There’s people like that.)

With abdomens that glow with a luminescent light.

(There’s people like that too.)

These little bugs flit about.

Making flashes of miniscule lightning.

Glowing where others don’t.

Even their larva glows.

Thus, the name glowworm.

Which could also mean a female firefly without wings (sigh).

Just think.

Unable to fly, she glows nonetheless.

There must be a lesson in there somewhere.

So, trip the light fantastic.

Give cheer whenever possible.

Fly if you’re able.

Glow best you can.

Light up the sky.

Dispel the darkness.

Be brilliant if only for a moment.

Be bright no matter how small.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square.

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