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Micro-Poem (No.9) Shooting Stars

Updated on October 30, 2016
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John values the use of humour and enjoys writing and reading limericks and jokes. He is a fan of Monty Python, Mr Bean, Black Books etc.

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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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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for your kind comment Nina.

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      Ninasvoice 4 years ago from England

      Very beautiful and witty poem.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      Nikki Wicked 4 years ago from Louisiana

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

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      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.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha, thanks Sunny. That is so true.

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      Sunny River 4 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

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

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

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

      Eddy.

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      sligobay 4 years ago from east of the equator

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

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Mark 4 years ago from Moundsville,WV

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

      Mark

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

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

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Beautiful, funny, informative - it has it all!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

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

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      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

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing the funny poem, Jodah!

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

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

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Very beautiful once again Jodah!!

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Rayne123 4 years ago

      Another beautiful poem with vivid images in ones mind

      Beautiful pictures

      Blessings

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

      Enjoyed this delightful poem and the learning aspect on fireflies.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      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!

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

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

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Mahir, thanks for reading and the encouraging comment.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Anna, glad you enjoyed this.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      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.

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      Mahir 4 years ago from Bosnia and Herzegovina

      Beautiful story inside the poem. Congratulations

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      The end made me smile. Nicely done.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

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

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric,

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

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      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