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Dragonflies and Fireflies



So many dragonflies

Visit my backyard

Darting and hovering

Over the kiddie pool

Turned doggie bathtub,

Landing on my clothesline

Checking out the clothespin.

dragonfly with clothes pin


But where have all the fire flies gone?

It’s been so long since I saw one

Twinkle in my backyard.


Was it the pesticides

that chased away the fire flies?

Were they caught in jars

by naughty children

Who didn’t understand?


Have fireflies become a myth

like unicorns

in mid summer night dreams?


Maybe they are still alive

Far away from city lights

Where trees grow thick

And nature thrives.


Here are some fireflies I found at “Emphatic Expression”:



Linda’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday post prompt for today was:


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1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

17 thoughts on “Dragonflies and Fireflies

  1. There was a park across the alley from my grandparents’ house (their apartment, anyway), and one day I was scared to go there because of the dragonflies flitting around. I was maybe 3 or 4, and they looked as big as birds. I had never seen anything like them.

    Catching “lightning bugs” was fun when we were very young. My brother (who was maybe 2 at the time) caught a jarful of them one night, and had them on the table next to his bed. For some reason, he opened the jar and let them all fly out, terrorizing himself and our youngest brother. Dad had to evacuate them and go in with a can of Raid. It was kind of a shame, but naturally, I thought it was a riot…

    • That’s young boys for ya. Girls, too. One of those happy memories if we can go back to the moment. I like to imagine your brother had a good intentions, setting the lightening bugs free. I wonder if he remembers the event.

  2. I sometimes don’t see fireflies for years, but then they come back. I wish we had more dragonflies – they eat mosquitoes!!!

  3. Oh! I like dragon flies even better now! I guess that’s why they like the water-looking for mosquitoes.

  4. I love dragon flies too. I love the way you described the dragonfly on the close pin. I do still see some in my backyard. But I have never seen a lightening bug. I don’t think we get them out here in California.

    • Thanks, Deborah. Twenty years ago, I’d see several lightening bugs in my backyard every night in the summer. The last time I saw one was out in the country. I bet there are lots of things you have in California that we don’t have here in NC. We don’t have chipmunks here or tumbleweeds.

  5. I too miss seeing fireflies as often as I used to. I wonder what’s happened and I do wonder about the impacts of what we have been spilling into the environment. On a glass is half full note, I have actually seen more fireflies this year than I have in years…I think it’s a combination of weather, location and timing. Here’s sending wishes for fireflies to reveal themselves to you….Peace, Harlon

  6. I dragon flies are the spirits of loved ones who have passed on. That is wonderful that you see so many. I have not seen may fireflies either. Now you have me worried.

  7. We do still see fireflies in our backyard, but it seems to be for just a few summer nights.

  8. lovely musings on two delightful creatures. I see a few fireflies in my yard.

  9. I’m glad you get to see them, Brad. I got to see many, maybe 100, when I went to the foothills of Virginia. It was a real treat!

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