Why the World's Fireflies Are Being Counted

by Jerry Ratch



We got Bob Dylan on the wall

wriggling from the lack of music

and light among the spheres


A great doubt has been raised

and can be seen from far, far away

for they are even afraid now in heaven

that things can't be going right


and to be sure they have sent out angels

to begin counting fireflies

because it is widely known

that the world has taken a great turn


Backyard volunteers are helping

track the firefly numbers

The light from them has been so diminished

that some stars are beginning to wane


We got Bob Dylan on the wall

and he's wiggling like a pinned butterfly

and that is why the world's fireflies

are being counted, and counted again


because it is so difficult to believe

that no one would have them