Typewriter Rodeo: Fireflies

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

By Sean PetrieApril 21, 2017 10:11 am,

At dusk, they start to show up. Little flashes of light zipping around above the uncut lawn, or in the trees of your back yard. The Lampyridae beetles – or fireflies – start in the summer months in Texas, hailing a new season of warmth even after the sun goes down.


Take a seat


Perhaps atop Mt Bonell

Perhaps your own cozy

Porch swing

Watch that sun dip

That sky blaze

Like the air itself is alight

With color

And then, when the sun has finished

Its grand show

Oh, don’t leave

No the night

Is just getting


Because here

In this now-dark world

Just wait, and let yourself


Ah yes, there –

And there –

Those hovering, blinking

Bits of light

Like the stars themselves

Have come

To life.

Produced by Laura Rice.

Sean Petrie