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Author Name: FreeDreamersEscape 6 Comments
Date Added: July 03, 2009 08:07:30 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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Little Ellie & the 4th of July Fireflies
The empty jars of color
Were aligned on the window sill
Refelecting a rainbow onto the kitchen floor.
She liked to fill every other jar slightly with water
And put flowers in each one
Until they died.
With the rest she'd wait especially for the 4th
When the night sky would flash with fire.
On that particular night of celebration
When colorful sparks would flash in the sky
Her mother would take the empty jars without flowers.
Little Ellie and brother Timothy with Mother watching
Along with Baby Kitty Max trailing behind
Would chase the flickering bugs of the night
And catch them safely in their colorful jars.
This used to be their childhood 4th of July...
Spent catching the 4th of July fireflies...
But now the memories are firelfies themselves...
Flashing for only the breifest moments as time passes...
Then fading into darkness...
Becoming only the past...
The jam jars now go in the trash...
Without any further use...
Not even for the 4th...
Without color and rainbows...
Or little night bugs filling them with light...
All except one firefly...
That is kept in the heart...
That shall not fade...
That shall not soon be forgotten...
Author's Notes:

I hope this paints the picture just right. This is how my childhood 4th of Julys were spent. With me, my older brother, Timothy, my kitten, Max, and Aunt Kathy who we called Mom. Outside at night catching fireflies instead of lighting up the night with fireworks.

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Comment By: FreeBlack on July 9, 2009 05:33:44 AM Report
This poem reminds me of my own youth in Dominican Republic. We used to run down the road catching fire flies all year round, and on the 5th of May (which is a special day to the Hispanic world) we would release any that we recently caught at El Faro de Colon, which is the Columbus lighthouse and a large attraction there. Seeing them all fly at once in the lights of the area is a sight I'll never forget, thanks for reminding me of it.

Comment By: Freejohn carter on July 4, 2009 07:28:08 PM Report
You imagery is so good. I can feel your childhood memories and i can see those children chasing fireflies. I like this Ellie.


Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on July 3, 2009 02:00:14 PM Report
Well written and it brings back so many memories... last night I saw fireflies in the darkness of night..
~ She Whispers

Comment By: Freenoah count on July 3, 2009 11:33:38 AM Report
You paint very well.  This is a good poem that one day might grow up to be a great novella or longer.  You have a nice touch.  noah
Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on July 3, 2009 10:01:18 AM Report
Ellie:  this so brought back lovely childhood memories.  I used to catch fireflies out at my Grandparents ranch, put them in jars with holes in the lid and then bedtime, my Mom and I would free them back into the night.


Lady D

Comment By: FreeLinda Jo on July 3, 2009 08:11:55 AM Report
Ellie, memories captured have me searching the night sky for the wonders of fireflies...havent seen one in years but i too hold one in my heart. your poem is wonderful. Linda


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