Typewriter Rodeo: Fireflies

Each week, the Standard reaches out to Austin’s Typewriter Rodeo for a custom poem on Texas topics.

By Sean PetrieApril 22, 2021 9:35 am, ,

Call them lightning bugs or fireflies – whatever you prefer they are sign of warmer weather in Texas. This Typewriter Rodeo poem was inspired by a listener request.


When these days shorten
And stretch into night
Oh when that happens
Just wait, sit tight

As your eyes adjust
To the gloaming dark
There, in the corner
A tiny spark!

A blink, it’s gone
And then your eyes roam
Searching the darkness
Was it out there alone?

Ah no – there’s another!
There’s one high, and one low!
Like a strand of faeries
Hanging lights as they go

Like the stars have dropped down
To swoop and to swish
If you catch one, release it –
And then make a wish

It’s my favorite season
When the nighttime gleams —
A backyard of stars
A skyfull of dreams.

a photo of the typewritten poem

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