by Amy LV
Students - sometimes a writer is enchanted again and again by the same thing. And this is how it is with me and fireflies. Those battery-powered ballerinas send a glow through my heart. Last evening, looking out of our living room window, I saw the first firefly of summer. At least it was the first one to me.
Sometimes writers sit and write in honor of an occasion. This occasion may be something that everyone recognizes, or it may be something just for you. I'm celebrating a first firefly, a bit of brightness on a black blanket of sky.
Byrd Baylor writes about personal celebrations in her beautiful book, I'M IN CHARGE OF CELEBRATIONS, You might know this book if your teacher reads it at your class's writing celebrations. Nature, words, admiration...what could be better?
What are you celebrating today? You may say, "Nothing." Well, look around, and find something. Open your eyes. Listen with the deepest parts of your very soul. After all, it is much easier to find celebration-moments when we are looking for them. I promise that you will find something. And when you do...maybe your own bit of earth will inspire you to write.
Last year this time also brought thoughts of fireflies. In June 2010, I wrote Fireflies and Hope. Will I write about fireflies again next year? What about next week?
Anastasia is hosting today's Poetry Friday roundup over at Picture Book of the Day. Celebrate with her and the rest of the KidLitosphere as we blink on and off for poems!
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