the fire flies

bug on coloan island, macau ©papa osmubal

bug on coloan island, macau ©papa osmubal

the fire flies
adam aitken

These are not the last
days of the fire flies
the fire flies blink like
the green indicator
lights on
our Morris Minor
1000 parked
under a Durian tree maybe
a thousand or more
We are surprised & satisfied
the evening brings
on the show
the fire flies like
christmas lights that
weave through
the foliage or
the strobes of distant
planes on spiralling
waiting lists
for landing all
one colour though
they are trick emeralds
they are not a fly at all
but a bug with
a hard shell of orange lacquer
how they see themselves
requires further investigation
perhaps a scientific response but
going now deeper into
the flurry they turn off
one by one &
are gone.

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