The Firefly

She was a firefly that gently floated in the summer air, illuminating the dark, quiet night time. The flashing brilliance of light delighted the old and enchanted the young. Children would gather around to "oohhhhh” and “aahhhhh” over the light and dance and chase the little firefly.The adults reminisced that they used to capture fireflies and put them in a jar. The young juveniles quickly gathered a glass jar and put the firefly in it. They poked holes in the top so that air could get into the jar, as if air was all the little firefly needed to survive.They shook the jar so that the firefly would flit and light up inside the jar. They reveled in joy at their experiment. In the daylight, they left the firefly in the jar on a shelf; and they forgot about her. The illumination did not matter when it was already light outside.The little firefly would cling to the inside of the glass. She would climb to the lid and examine the air holes. At night, the children would come into the room and lift the jar off the shelf. They would shake the jar and laugh and sing as the little firefly floated inside the jar and lighted the dark.

Sometimes she would be tired and have little energy. The light she gave was intermittent and weak. But the children just shook the jar harder and more often. There was no escape; and the little firefly knew that her existence was now only for the amusement and entertainment of her captors. Fortunately, this would only be for a short while.

The Firefly

HD Hasselbarth

Bradenton, United States

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