Tuesday, June 21, 2011


"You would not believe your eyes / If ten million fireflies / Lit up the world as I fell asleep / 'Cause they'd fill the open air / And leave teardrops everywhere / You'd think me rude / But I would just stand and stare." ~Owl City, Fireflies

I saw my first firefly of the summer tonight.

Actually, I saw about a million of them.

They acted as my escorts as I drove homeward, down the faded small-town blacktop.

I couldn't help but be delighted.

There are so many things about summer that I love.

The warm caress of the wind through my hair, ruffling my hair in tune with the radio.

The kiss of the sun on my cheeks, leaving little marks of its love to dot my nose with tiny flecks of brown.

Even the pounding of a summer storm on my roof, as the musical notes it concocts leave me breathless and ponderous.

But every season has sun and wind and rain.

Only summer has the twinkling whispers of hope that are fireflies.

In the mist of twilight, adding their own star-like quality to the paintbrush strokes of the sunset...

...in the dark of midnight, casting momentary illumination over the surface of the soft-flowing river.

And so tonight, on this endless summer's eve, as my wheels moved over the pavement...

...I rolled down the window, turned the music loud, and allowed myself to sing at the top of my lungs.

And I think, just maybe...

...I heard the fireflies singing along.

To ten million fireflies / I'm weird 'cause I hate goodbyes / I got misty eyes as they said farewell / But I'll know where several are / If my dreams get real bizarre / 'Cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar. ~Owl City, Fireflies


  1. I have never seen fireflies in person, it's one of the top things on my bucket list! =)

  2. "Imagine all the stars come down from heaven and mingling in one wild dance on the face of the earth." -The Count of Monte Cristo

    That snippet from the book makes me think of fireflies. Or the floating lanterns from Tangled. =P

    I totally share your infatuation with these little insects, Rachel...

  3. Ohhh, I love fireflies! I've always bemoaned the fact that there have never been any where I've lived. But then again, that would sap the magic from the experiences I'v had many a Summer night spent visiting family on the East Coast, catching fireflies in old Mason jars on humid, warm Maryland nights. *sigh*
    That's the true magic of Summer to me. Thanks for this post and all the nostalgia that came with it! You just got my day off to a great start. :)

  4. I have to say, the concept of people not having fireflies around them is a bit weird.Ever since I was little, I've chased fireflies through my parents' backyard. It feels very strange to think that someone might not have ever even seen them before!

    Grace, I think you need to come visit me so that you can dance with the fireflies with me. <3

  5. fireflies are so fun! you have a beautiful writing style. so poetic!



I look at you and see all the ways a soul can bruise, and I wish I could sink my hands into your flesh and light lanterns along your spine so you know there's nothing but light when I see you. :: Shinji Moon