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Pleiades Cluster
Pleiades Cluster also known as the Seven Sisters. NASA.spacer
FIREFLIES

Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro' the mellow shade,
Glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson. 1837-8. (excerpt Locksley Hall).

A firefly display in the twilight tonight.
The park pathway I walked was thick with them.
Bright yellow diamonds welded on gray faerie wings,
brushing across my legs and feet.
Thick, starry hordes on grasses,
within shadows,
along slopes.
And I recalled another twilight
and another place, watching
fireflies hover over an endless sea.
of meadow grass, and my children, still
so young changelings, racing
through the shadows, holding
sparklers aloft, filling
the gloaming with
their cries and their light.

 

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