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THE MINIATURE AIRBORNE LAMPS

Winking on before the stars
These little airborne lamps
Endowed my neighbourhood
As my wide grey eyes feel good

I must stop and stare
As electric insects appear
No one can take this view from me
As long as my eyes can see

Dancing in their flights
Guided by several lights
Every dawn must die
As they skillfully fly

From the beetle family
With a light-based vocabulary
Giving a lovely glow
And a call and response show

See their lower abdomen
Several lights for men
Yellow, green and orange light
Chasing out darkness at night

Observe the cold light
Has it any heat?
Very few ultraviolet rays
Useful in many ways

O! miniature lightening bugs
Let scientist give you hugs
For they've learnt from thee
As we all could see

Thomas Edison became envious
Is his bulb a match for yours?
Heavy electric bills today
Firefly, I need thy ray





Have you ever seen a firefly? If you haven't, please strive to see in their darkness flight.I advise you check your electric bills today and think of what these small creatures can offer. 






Copyright © | Year Posted 2017




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Date: 1/8/2017 2:56:00 PM
Lovely poem Adeniji. I really enjoyed reading this worthy tribute to the fireflies. It's a pity we no longer ee them. They used to be quite common when we were kids. I even remember making a smear of some of them on the wall, out of my curiosity as kid to understand what makes them glow. Brings back memories.
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Adeniji Toluwalope Gideon
Date: 1/8/2017 3:53:00 PM
Fireflies are going into extinction these days, Jumbo and it is very disheartening. Thanks for your lovely comment.
Date: 1/8/2017 5:05:00 AM
I have read four or five of your poems today, Adeniji, and find them most charming...Most charming indeed! What comes through very strongly, coupled with your unique and elegant use of English, is your love and appreciation of the natural world that you observe all around you; this poem being a particularly good example! I intend to, periodically, read more of your excellent work. All my very best regards, Adeniji...And may your New Year be a rewarding and contented one! :) john
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Adeniji Toluwalope Gideon
Date: 1/8/2017 3:51:00 PM
Oh! That's incredible! I'm greatly honoured, John. Much love and joy to you.
Date: 1/5/2017 3:29:00 PM
Nice and lovely write.so intriguing ..keep flying great poet.
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Date: 1/5/2017 4:12:00 PM
Thank you for checking by, Olusegun. You are such a great poet too.
Date: 1/5/2017 7:26:00 AM
I recall when as a boy who lived in a village without electricity was observing thousands of these glowing creatures floating in darkness: An amazing spectacle as amazing as your poem dear , Adeniji! A seven!
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Adeniji Toluwalope Gideon
Date: 1/5/2017 4:27:00 PM
Oh! A 7? Thanks for the encomium, Demetrios.
Date: 1/4/2017 3:29:00 AM
They are such beautiful and delightful little creatures. Yes I know them, but they don't live in the country where I lve now.... shame... I love your poem, as always such rich language!
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Adeniji Toluwalope Gideon
Date: 1/4/2017 4:21:00 PM
Thank you Darren, I'm thrilled you love the poem.
Date: 1/3/2017 4:04:00 PM
A cool seriously humorous poem, Adeniji. That combo alone makes this poem a rare piece of poetry. Now the subject matter is deep w/much thoughts to ponder. Love the slam at the end on paying the light bill. Happy New Year, my friend. Love and best wishes to you.
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Adeniji Toluwalope Gideon
Date: 1/4/2017 4:25:00 PM
Thank you for checking by, my friend. I really appreciate your inspiring comment.
Date: 1/2/2017 6:20:00 PM
this is a very sweet tribute to those "enlightened" insects!! I really miss them. WE had them in Iowa but they do not appear out here in the west. Nicely done!
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Adeniji Toluwalope Gideon
Date: 1/3/2017 2:09:00 AM
Aw! We have them in Nigeria but they only appear once in a while. Thank you for your comment, Andrea.
Date: 1/2/2017 6:02:00 PM
Delightful appreciation of fireflies!
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Adeniji Toluwalope Gideon
Date: 1/3/2017 2:05:00 AM
Thank you for your comment, Sunlite.
Date: 1/2/2017 4:16:00 PM
They can light their own way - an admirable trait. Cheers, Adeniji.
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Date: 1/2/2017 4:53:00 PM
Thank you for checking by, Doug