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Dads are like lightening bugs

Updated on June 13, 2014

EARTHSTARS by Julia Ebel


to become


the highest


and rise

their lights





then there,

First here,

Dads are like lightening bugs

Twinkling font

Dads are like lightening bugs

One quick blink

And you melt

Language so sure

No words need be spoken

Lightening bugs are like dads

Always chasing after moms

Advertising the inn is open

Just follow my solar-powered generator path

I will show you the way

Dads and lightening bugs seem the same

As they once were when they

Slicked back their hair

Put on a clean shirt

Waltzing their way throughout the night

Yes, lightening bugs and dads

dark skies glitter

points change with their lights

no matter where you look

you always know they are there

© 2014 ocfireflies


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      Ann 3 years ago

      I love to watch the lighting bugs, and I can see my Dad in the ptterns they make ,My dad is in Heaven and so is my mom I can image them watchinglighing bug sitt ing on the banks of the holy River

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey Kevin!

      Thank You for getting where I was coming from and being willing to pass it along. Hope you are well. Have we ever agreed upon an answer to the question we once were pondering? Smiles.


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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      It was so wonderful Kim! You said so much in so few words and have put real meaning into it. I loved it! I gave it a thumbs up and shared it.


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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear Faith,

      What a wonderful thing to introduce to the next generations. I hope chasing lightening bugs never goes out of style. Please forgive the tardiness of my response for I have spent my 4th on a marathon yard sale. I am working on a hub about the experience. It is that catharsis every writer must release in order to make sense of the world. Smiles.



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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Kim,

      I had to stop by this hub, as I was reminded during these past few weeks with my grands up and we were catching lightening bugs that were all over the place here. We had so much fun, and they were amazed that I came up with the idea of chasing lightening bugs, but they have never noticed lightening bugs before, so I was happy to introduce them to them! LOL

      Happy Fourth!

      Hugs and blessings always

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you for stopping by and loving the reference to how dads are beacons of light.



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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      My dad was a beacon in my life. Love your reference to this in your poem. Also, catching fireflies was fun, especially when your dad enjoyed the activity.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Very cool. How wonderful it would be for folks to be reminded of loved ones every time they saw a lightening bug blink. Thanks for^+

      I really appreciate it.

      Blessings and Blinks,


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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      We can always depend on out dads we know. Now thanks to your poetry the new lightening bug will make me think of my dad. ^+

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank you. I appreciate you and your support. I can't imagine how anyone could not love these little magical creatures lighting up the summer night.


      You are so kind to me and incredibly talented; thus, when you say my talent amazed you, I am blown away.


      Thank You for making my day a little brighter.


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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Beautiful tribute to dads everywhere, Kim. I love the comparison of dads to fireflies. So original and unique. And, yes, I have to agree with that comparison. Dad's are everywhere and their light constantly blinks on and off in our lives. Truly lovely and beautiful poem, Kim. Once again, your poetic talent amazes me!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Creative and delightful. I love fireflies.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That's a good legacy Kim. :)

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      I think you are absolutely correct. I guess I have my work cut out for me. smiles. Just told my bf while sitting in front of our bonfire I realized what I want my legacy to be: SMILES!


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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Kim, just read your last comment to Genna. I have been here four years and have noticed a gradual climb in earnings, I am now up to about $5.00 per month get rich quick scheme here for me either. I saw someone else say yesterday they were earning $50 a month and only had about 40 hubs, but it depends on the type of topics you write. I don't think there are many rich poets out there.

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey shanmarie,

      so nice to see you

      hope you and yours are well

      You are welcome to come and watch the lightening bugs with me.

      I completely agree that this poem is odd. As I often do, I get a few lines stuck in my head and try to go from there and sometimes, get there more successfully than others. I will be by to check out your latest.

      It's been awhile.

      Many Blessings,



      Like I was saying to shanmarie, not exactly as thrilled with how this one turned out as I was originally. Hope to revise to make it work more as I had intended. Thank you for the vote/share. And yes, I was hoping that the piece would generate some traffic. I've been on HP for a year and average a dollar per month. But I am hopeful. One of these months, I am sure to double my dollar. Smiles. Wishing you a wonderful day.



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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi Kim…

      I loved the title; it draws us in immediately. The words to this stunning and intriguing poem keep us fascinated. I agree with Bill…wonderful imagination! Beautifully done, and just in time for Father's Day. Voted up and shared. :-)

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Aw, that's oddly sweet. But, I say odd in a good way. It's so unique a comparison. I miss lightning bugs. I don't see as many of them as I did when I was a child. Really, I don't think I've seen one at all this year. I'll think of your poem if I do, though!

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago


      sweet like wild honey


      YES--IF U R A DAD, THEN U R LIKE A Lightenin' bug--Smiles thanks for the votes--HOPE U HAV A WONDERFUL HFD!


      So glad to have someone else enjoying the lightening bug show. I think if this little ditty brought back sweetness, then I did what I was out to do--celebrate the love of the lights in our lives-- who often are our dads

      Appreciate the up and more,

      Blessings to all,


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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kim,

      Aw, I love this ... so sweet and touching. I was just out on my back porch last night watching the lightening bugs. I love how you connected them with dads. Brings me back to the wonder of childhood and all that is sweet.

      Up and more and away


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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Kim, what an original and feel good hub. I can always expect those lightning bugs/ fireflies to enter your writing. It is your special stamp. I wnder if I am like a lightning Great stuff. Voted up

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      Word 4 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Kim, I enjoyed this one very much. Yep, men will be guys and ladies will be babes. You know I like your writing style and what you say. Thanks, stay sweet!

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      Thank You! It was just one of those "it felt rights."

      Wishing you wonderful weekend.


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Kim, this is simply delightful, a lovely tribute to dads, they do light up our lives with love, don't they!!

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina


      You are the dad. This is your weekend. I hope it is wonderful. Also, thanks for the love on that particular stanza--

      Yodel lay he ho--I just felt like yodeling



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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for this poem. I am in love with the stanza talking about clean shirts and waltzing. I hope you have an incredible weekend! Jamie

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago

      Thank You Bill! Seems like my light bulb follows a lunar path as well. Smiles. Kim

      PS- C FB message : - )

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wonderful imagination creating a sparkling simile...well done, Kim.


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