MAP Featured Poetry Supplement #336-1
Theme : You Say Firefly/I Say Lightening Bug
In this month's featured poetry supplement:
1. Remembering by Neil Meili
2. Freudian Slips by Mary Riley
3. The Life They Led by Michael Levy
4. We Are In A Funk by Thom World Poet
5. Firefly and Lightening Bug by Anne Wilder
6. Bring Back the Faeries by Stazja
Architects in Texas are often charged with the task
of adding a little southern charm
to an eastern chain's boxlike plan
why you'll see
old Spanish mission touches
on the top and corners of the
new hotel out on Airport Road
Holiday Inn Alamoed
Copyright © 2007 Neil Meili
2. Freudian Slips
You say fireflies/I say lightening bugs.
You say night/I say day.
You say nightlights/I say streetlights.
You say dark/I say dim.
You say Astrology/I say Astronomy.
You say Taurus/ I say Bull!
You say UFOs/I Say Martians.
You say Star Wars /I say SDI.
You say stars/ I say Paris, Nicole etc.
You Say hookers/ I say ladies of the evening.
You say are these slips? I say, no there blips.
Let us quit while we're not ahead.
Copyright © 2007 Mary Riley
3. The Life They Lead
No matter what the mind may say,
Only undiluted veracity can lead the way,
It may seem simple and it is,
For folks beliefs; will answer their own quiz.
Goodness or evil exists - planted in the intellects seed,
Will it blossom as a radiant rose or wilt as an arid weed?
A person's truth will follow the convictions their verities breed.
The results will become - the life they lead.
Copyright © 2007 Michael Levy
4. We are in a funk!
These days all source of Light political!-
Nuclear energy? Chernobyl
Solar Energy = drought/heatwave/global warming!
We are dubious of Light and seek a salutary Cave
for Plato to withdraw to-Hindu Kush /Afghanistan
No Safe Place from bombings, and
even Lightening starts bushfires-ask Tesla
when Edison stole lightglobe ideas
and sold them. Tiny firefly illuminations
spark our Diogenes lamplight searchings
We need Night Vision Goggles to dream
of a World Without Wars-where Light helps us see
not blinds us with the Light of a Thousand Suns
from Hiroshima to Nagasaki
Copyright © 2007 THOM WORLD POET
5. Firefly and Lightening Bug
Yes, the question for today is, what has
Happened to these fine buggy flies?
Have not seen them in a while
Where have all the fireflies gone?
Long time lightening, remembering
Snipe hunting in the woods,
Collecting lightening in a jar,
Or was it fire from a far?
The blinking sensation,
Made me full of anticipation.
Chasing lights in the woods,
Hoping for something good.
Those little black winged bugs in my hand;
blink off, on, blink again
Where have they all gone?
Stories I tell my children.
We go camping,
No blinking bugs are to be found.
Are they missing in the environmental melt down,
Have they become few and far between?
Like the frogs, turtles and
Now the polar bears
We need those blinking bugs,
Like neon in the darkened wood.
Fire in the night,
Lightening in the sky.
Captured in our hands,
Delight in a jar.
Blink, blink, blink your eyes and
You miss it!
Mother nature asks the next generation,
To please pause the contamination
Of our fields, streams and skies.
Soon we may have to purchase our air to breath
Who would have thought 20 years ago,
We would be purchasing water to drink?
It may be sooner than you think
Bottled air for the fireflies to play in
And the lightening bugs to flash.
Wait, watch, look, listen
To our intuition.
Our changing earth speaks,
She speaks to us
Can we listen?
Copyright © 2007 Anne Wilder
6. Bring Back the Faeries
It was never a question of physical evidence.
Golden Book illustration of Faeries
was reason enough
and we more than believed.
Illuminated by flickering amber
of firefly lanterns, we frolicked
in emerald glades and played
with mischievous gauze-winged creatures
too errant to ever be angels.
We championed Tinkerbell,
challenged the skeptics,
crusaded to bring back the Faeries to life.
Copyright © 1998, 2007 Stazja
Grateful thanks to all who contributed to this issue.
August theme: GEICO/Gecko/El Greco
Here are the guidelines:
1. Submissions must relate to the theme. Poetic license is hereby
issued to interpret themes however your muse suggests.
2. Poems must be included in the body of email. Attachments will be
3. Submissions must be
b) black type only, no colors or graphic backgrounds,
c) no bold or italics (unless absolutely essential to the integrity
of the poem.)
d) 10 point Arial or Times New Roman font
4. Send submissions to stazja@...
Include the theme in the subject line.
5. Include in submission
a) your full name
b) a statement that the poem is your original composition
c) permission for editor to make corrections in
d) permission to publish.