Fireflies and Memories

When lightning bugs turn on their blinking lights
that signal sweaty, little hands to try
to catch them on the muggy, summer nights,
my memories slip in to make me cry.DSC_0381-1

I squeeze my eyelids tight
to stop the moisture forming there.

The fireflies take me back to childhood, free
as hummingbirds that sipped pink four o’clocks ,
and apple blossoms from the twisted tree
that Mama planted deep beside the rocks.

As whippoorwills called to each other
and June bugs buzzed by the lilacs,

my mama, dad and all the children sat
on edge of porch to watch the daylight fade.
We laughed and played.  What fun it was to chat,
with voices joining evening serenade,

and splash our feet with cold water
from an old enamel pan!

My tears are falling freely now in spurts.
That last reflections the one that hurts.


© 2013, Freeda Baker Nichols

12 comments on “Fireflies and Memories

  1. Loved the Fireflies, we used to do same thing, brought back lots of memories! Thank you


  2. Such beautiful images. They carried me back to my childhood memories of chasing lightning bugs at dusk. Lovely blog!


  3. Beautiful words and images, Freeda!


  4. Fireflies definitely bring back the memories…but, the one that got me in you poem…was washing feet in the enamel pan…Loved that!
    So thankful to have had these wonderful experiences…I believe they grounded us…like nothing else could!


  5. Ginger Kemp Pruett says:

    My only memories of fireflies are from when I was 6 years old, went to a wonderful small town in Clinton Ar. to visit my grandma and grandpa Kemp, it was my first time there, it left such an impression and memories I have never forgotten. I did visit that town twice after that in later years. Something about Clinton just has always seemed special to me.


  6. Catherine Johnson says:

    Beautiful, Freeda! Positively swelling with emotion.


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