fable of the moth & the firefly

One sweet summer evening…

…a firefly spotted a moth banging his head against the bulb of a street lamp.

“My friend, seek the light within!” the luminous insect yelled to the stranger.

Distracted from his pursuit for the moment, the moth watched as the firefly’s light flared, then died back down inside.

What a paltry little light!  the moth thought.  And it’s gone in a flash.

So he went back to knocking his head against the bulb.

As for the firefly, he frolicked here and there, exploring the darkness, as his tail light blinked on and off—

—a delight to the eyes of those strolling in the cool night air.

Maybe you think the moth a fool…

Well, I do too.  However…

…I know a poet who swore she heard him singing a hymn.

© 2018, Michael R. Patton
what I learned while alone: poetry ebook

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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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