We would attempt to capture as many fireflies as possible in old glass bottles. We would run around the field at night and try to see who could capture the most. The fireflies would light up the bottle. We would take the bottles home and keep them next to us as night-lamps. They would give out this intense beautiful light in unison! It was lovely.
After a while, the fireflies would die and we would sleep.
The fireflies are gone
We used them all up – in just one song
Should we have been more prudent?
Saved a little of their light for a rainy day
Would that have been sufficient
Or would the fireflies have died anyway?