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the way that fireflies are going extinct...

By R.C. TaylorPublished 6 months ago Updated 6 months ago 1 min read
Photo by Krzysztof Maksimiuk on Unsplash

fireflies whispered secrets of life to us

in humid air where we chased

after their dance of morse code, breathless

with laughter, and armed with

glass jars that would make them begin

to go extinct alongside the authenticity

of smiles as we grew up, as we became

the fireflies with the secrets of life smothered,

the precious untainted fire of loving ourselves

before the world taught us to not,

without realizing the cruelness of trapping us

within a cage to wonder at our beauty while

demanding more light as we dimmed, strange

eyes and voices all around us, wanting something

until the moment we escaped or died.

how terrible we were to fireflies.

how terrible we are to ourselves.

how terrible to lose light, left behind embers in a jar.

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R.C. Taylor

Part-time daydreamer. Full-time dork.

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  • Rob Angeli5 months ago

    I used to do that as a kid, and it's brought about similar reflections in me now. Well phrased, beautiful.

  • Mackenzie Davis5 months ago

    How terrible we are, indeed. This is a metaphor I would never have considered on my own. Wonderful work.

  • Donna Renee6 months ago

    Beautiful and sad, haunting really!! ❤️

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