Inside Outside

Inside Outside

In my son’s room at dusk a firefly floats to the ceiling
I know outside they are rising to the thick canopy

in the backyard where even the night barely gets through
When I walk out the fireflies are re-arranging the constellations

as if they are not sure what shapes to believe in
Here I am at fifty recognizing no shapes of belief but noticing

the vectors of illumination   There are crickets
in the high grass near the fence I haven’t had the heart

to cut back in this yard I will not see next spring

18 thoughts on “Inside Outside

      1. Ron

        You’re very kind and self-effacing, Jeff. I might be able to teach you a few haiku techniques but non-haiku poetry…nah…you Tarzan, me Jane…uhhh…no, was it Boy? *g*

  1. zdunno03

    I love “When I walk out the fireflies are re-arranging the constellations/ as if they are not sure what shapes to believe in.” I possibly identify with them. Terrific poem, Jeff. This one, like so many of yours, just lingers.

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  2. A // W // F

    I love this. It brings back so many memories of home and lifts that nostalgia into something more important and profound … I think I’ll go out and rearrange some constellations myself. <3. Thank you for sharing such gorgeous work.

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  3. Oloriel

    Such beautiful and profound poetry, I especialy got taken in by this image:”When I walk out the fireflies are re-arranging the constellations”, but the whole poem is just marvelous.

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  4. Mary Tang

    Reblogged this on Life is But This and commented:
    內外

    昏暗中在我兒子的房間
    一隻螢火蟲升上天花板

    我知它們在外面
    正在向天棚展翅

    黑厚的天
    夜也難破

    當我步出屋外時
    火蟲在重列星座

    像它們不信
    天宮的安排

    五十仍無堅定信仰
    但覺察到傳媒啟示

    牆邊的長草內藏著蟋蟀
    我不忍心在這園內修剪

    明年春節
    我已不在

    (c) Mary Tang

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