Tuesday, December 14, 2010


During warm summer nights

Once the sun said Goodbye

And the moon said Hello

The fireflies light their lanterns

To compete with the stars

With wide open eyes

And a jar in their hands

The hunt begins

It is time to run fast!

When the chasers get too close

Fireflies prompt each other

Flashing Morse code signals

That the race is getting tight

Children jump up and down

All across lawns and fields

Making insects lamps

Is more fun than you think

Shooting stars try to stop the chase

By distracting the children from their game

But the moon decides to play

So she hides behind a cloud

On a warm and dark summer night

Fireflies are all you see…

Magic is in the air

Catching fireflies with a jar

Is like grasping wishes as they pass

Holding the jar close to their heart

Children head back home

To sleep under the enchantment

Of their special magic lamps

© Gabriela Abalo

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Timoteo said...

You've brought those summer nights back so vividly, Gabriela...enchanting images!

Louise said...

I love this! Brings the feel and promise of a summer's evening, and a lovely blog! Inspiring x

Anonymous said...

In the bleak Welsh greyness, you bought a bit of summer although I've never seen a firefly!

Soraya said...

Lovely remembrance of summer nights. I lived the feeling cozy warmly nights.

Luis Gomez said...

Hermoso Gabriela! Ademas bellisima imagen.

Monkey Man said...

Memories of warm summer nights. Just what the doctor ordered.

Anonymous said...

Sweet poem. Love the wonderful photo.

Kavita said...

Oh, this is so delightful, Gabi...
My mind immediately went back to the summer times of yesteryear... running after these fireflies.. hoping they would never go out of light!
Ah.. lovely post, my dear!
"Catching fireflies with a jar
Is like grasping wishes as they pass" -- loved these lines!!!

Chris G. said...

Makes me long for summer again...this long, harsh winter will be my undoing. Strong, beautiful memory, with delightful images to take us back. Adorable photo, too!

Steve Isaak said...

Charming, theme-centric (summer, children) piece.

LauraX said...

"Catching fireflies with a jar

Is like grasping wishes as they pass"

how I love this line Gabriella...you've brought back magical memories of childhood for me :)

Elisabeth said...

A stunning poem, Gabriela, particular;y for its deceptively simple but subtle language and its vivid detail. Thanks.

Kirk Jusko said...

I remember those nights

Beachanny said...

A summer night of adjectives jump to my mind: delightful, enchanting, magical, childlike and innocent...wow. Loved it.

standing on my head said...

those eyes, those eyes, they see so much. beautiful.

PattiKen said...

You've captured the mgic of a warm summer childhood night so perfectly, Gabriela. Your words took me back, and I was running around the yard with my friends, clutching my jar with the holes carefully punched into the lid.

And what an enchanting picture!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this...I got goosebumps! I love how the fireflies "compete with the stars."

ds said...

Thank you for this gorgeous picture of a summer night, in the middle of the cold here! And the photograph is precious--those eyes!

Trulyfool said...


This does taste of such nights. I've never lived, but have only occasionally visited, places where fireflies are evident.

Muggy, have to be outdoors. Shooting stars, flickering insects.


DeLi said...

i enjoyed your way with words, and this little girl's beautiful eyes are just so intense

Desert Rose said...

summer nights never sounded so beautiful Gab..:) loved the imagery the sweet lines and your warm spirit all over the poem..Epic one shot :)

Eric Alder said...

You perfectly captured the feeling here, just as a child captures magical fireflies. Nice One Shot, Gabriela!

Myrna R. said...

How sweet. I've never caught fireflies, but you make it seem like a wonderful game. (I like the photo of that little girl. She's so cute.)

Claudia said...

oh i would love to do this - but we don't have any over here in germany...so sad... very much enjoyed your poem gabriela

Alegria Imperial said...

Thanks for a lovely poem, Gabriela! Took me back to a magical time when fireflies were as real as tiny fingers that tried to trap the light. Thanks for capturing those moments in words.

Mama Zen said...

So whimsical and lovely!

Kodjo Deynoo said...

The fireflies light their lantern to compete with the stars, loved that line

dustus said...

Beautiful scene your lines convey. Idyllic childhood feel to it. Very much enjoyed reading it. Cheers

Dasuntoucha said...

Man I used to love chasing after fireflies when I was a kid...thank you for taking back to that space in time.

Francisca said...

We saw fireflies in the countryside last weekend on our road trip. They are so delightful, and you've captured the innocence of chasing them beautifully.