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