Bioluminescence – a serious word
and the cold light from its belly
is serious indeed to the firefly
See me it signals
come to me love me
as if beetles could love

But I love them – always have
their flitting flickering
delighted my childhood nights
drew me across the lawn
tempted me to cup my hands
to catch a secret light

Drab by day
transformed at dusk
they lit the fields
rivaling the stars before earth lights
masked the sky and bleached
the brightness

Waiting for you now
cocooned in our field of sheets
I dream fireflies return to light our life
See me come to me love me