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Micro-Poem (No.9) Shooting Stars

John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Dr. Seuss, Edward Lear and Shel Silverstein

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Memories

This short poem is based on fond memories of my childhood and spending time with my dad. This really is the type of conversation we may have had.

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Shooting Stars

Reclining on the hillside,

I stare up at the sky,

As midnight's hour approaches,

To see a shooting star.


My dad lies back beside me,

As I gaze through squinted eyes

At the vast expanse of universe

Of which we're just a part.


Suddenly I see a flash,

At first it's just a twinkle.

Then slowly moving t'wards the east,

Oh wait there is another!


"Dad, look at all the shooting stars,

Flashing 'cross the sky!"

"Don't be daft", my father says,

"it's just those darn fireflies."

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Fireflies/ Lampyridae

Lampyridae is the scientific name for winged beetles commonly known as fireflies or lightning bugs. They use bio-luminescence to attract mates or prey. Fireflies produce a "cold light", with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale red. The larvae emit light also and are often called "gloworms"

(source: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fireflies)

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Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 12, 2013:

Thank you for your kind comment Nina.

Ninasvoice from England on December 12, 2013:

Very beautiful and witty poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 02, 2013:

Hi Nikki, initial hadn't seen fireflies until I moved to my present location either, but quite a few shooting stars. If you have the patience, lie and look up at the sky for long enough on any clear night, you will see one or two eventually. Tell me about June bugs.

Beautiful Garbage from Louisiana on December 02, 2013:

We have June bugs here hate those things. never really saw a shooting star or fireflies :(

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 29, 2013:

Thank you for your kind comments Pamela, glad it brought back pleasant memories.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 29, 2013:

I loved your poem. I don't see fireflies anymore and I miss them as we were fascinated with them when I was a child. I loved the twist at the end of the poem and enjoyed it very much.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 28, 2013:

Haha, thanks Sunny. That is so true.

Sunny River from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality on November 28, 2013:

Lol! Great ending. I know many fathers (my own included) who would reply like that. :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 28, 2013:

Thanks for visiting Sligobay, yeah good old dad...lol.

Good to get your comments as always Eddy, I always appreciate them. Thanks for voting up.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 28, 2013:

A wonderful hub Jodah. Voting up as always and wishing you a great day.

Eddy.

sligobay from east of the equator on November 28, 2013:

Wonderful images as you are reclined beside your father stargazing and his Irish claim that you are crazy- just fireflies.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Thanks Mark, much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed. Have a great day.

Mark from Moundsville,WV on November 27, 2013:

Great hub I really like the ending and the awesome pictures used in the hub. Be blessed

Mark

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Drbj, sorry to be the destroyer of one of your 'lusions..lol. Glad you found it funny anyway.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Good to see you Blossom, thank you for such a generous comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Thanks for reading Jamie, the great comment and vote up. Glad you liked the ending.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Hi Kim, thanks for encouraging me to join you and write something about fireflies/lightning bugs. I couldn't believe I came up with this so quick either. I desperately wanted to write something but was having a slight block. Thanks for the idea 'Mate'. Thank you for the wonderful comment and vote up. Do I really rock...lol? Yes, cheers to trifectas. Hope Joy likes it too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Alicia, glad it gave you a smile. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Thank you Mike, glad you enjoyed this poem.

Jackie, always great to get your comments. Yes, thought I'd just add a little extra info.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 27, 2013:

Funny, Jodah, but you just shattered another one of my illusions ... or were they delusions?

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on November 27, 2013:

Beautiful, funny, informative - it has it all!

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on November 27, 2013:

Excellent Jodah, what a great ending to a great poem.. thank you for sharing. Jamie

ocfireflies from North Carolina on November 27, 2013:

Have I told you lately? You rock! Awesome work in record time. I wish I could be so prolific. Also, thank you for educating folks. Duh! Why did I not think of that. Smiles. V+ for sure! : - )

Cheers Mate to Trifectas,

Kim

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 27, 2013:

Thanks for sharing the funny poem, Jodah!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 27, 2013:

Thanks for the chuckle and then too the additional info. Well done! ^

Mike Robbers from London on November 27, 2013:

Very beautiful once again Jodah!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Nice of you to stop by and leave your lovely comment Laurie, thanks.

Rayne123 on November 27, 2013:

Another beautiful poem with vivid images in ones mind

Beautiful pictures

Blessings

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Exactly Bill, just like me. One of the reasons I started writing them was that I found myself struggling to keep interested while reading some overly long poetry or stories. I am impressed by flash- fiction stories and decided to try a similar thing with a series of poems. Thanks for your kind comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 27, 2013:

Micro poetry is perfect for people with short attention spans. LOL Loved the twist at the end...well done, John!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Thanks for your wonderful comment wetnosedogs. Glad you enjoyed this little poem.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on November 27, 2013:

Enjoyed this delightful poem and the learning aspect on fireflies.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

That's great Suzette, I'm glad you learnt something, and pleased to hear that these poems surprise you are make you laugh out loud. I really enjoy the process of writing them. I sometimes have the ending in my head, and then write the rest of the poem to fit. Thans for your kind comment.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on November 27, 2013:

Love this poem. Your endings are great. I never see them coming and they me laugh out loud for real! I also learned something. I didn't know lightening bugs were beetles. That is so interesting. Thanks for an enjoyable read!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Haha Frank, yeah dad didn't beat about the bush. Thanks pal, glad you liked.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on November 27, 2013:

poor kid, dad should have just said, yeah they are shooting stars LOL good poem here my friend :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Mahir, thanks for reading and the encouraging comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Thank you Anna, glad you enjoyed this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2013:

Thanks FlourishAnyway, The zinger at the end is the most difficult thing to come up with, but essential to these short poems, like flash fiction stories. Glad you could relate it to your nephew.

Mahir from Bosnia and Herzegovina on November 27, 2013:

Beautiful story inside the poem. Congratulations

Anna Haven from Scotland on November 27, 2013:

The end made me smile. Nicely done.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 27, 2013:

I liked the zinger at the end. Funny. I've got a little nephew who often makes observations like that.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 26, 2013:

Eric,

Glad to see I touched a chord with you. Father son bonding, nothing better. thanks for the kind comment and voting up.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 26, 2013:

I just had to vote up all the way across. That is my dad and I and that is my son's and I. Although they are usually the ones to point out the obvious.

I love firefly's. Mucho Gracias mi amigo