Demeter’s Firefly seeks to capture the essence of an early northeastern spring evening at dusk, the smells associated with that magical night when the first fireflies of the year appear. And the memories. That mayo jar Mom gave you with the holes punched in the lid…but the truth be told, this was inspired by memories of our kids catching fireflies, not so long ago…
The firefly’s glow serves two functions, to warn predators it is toxic, and to attract mates. Each species of firefly has its own pattern of flashes that help males and females find and attract one another. Thus, the dance of the firefly is a true harbinger of spring.
By Patrick Hardy
my light seeks true love
glowing through the summer night
caught in a glass jar