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Now that summer heat has kicked in, I have been thinking about how much I miss the fireflies that lit up my backyard at the beginning of the summer. I have always heard that fireflies really thrive in wet environments. We had a good amount of rain in May, and I saw more fireflies than I have ever seen here. When I was little, I remember catching lightning bugs (That's what I like to call them!) in my hand. I would peek in my hand and watch them flicker on and off. Then, I would let them go into the darkness. Seeing them in my own backyard this year, brought back so many childhood memories. Only now, they are gone. I started writing in my notebook about the sadness I felt since their disappearance. I began to wonder why there were no longer lightning bugs blinking around in the darkness. I decided to research them, and I'm so glad that I did. Not only did I find the answer to my question, but I also found out so many other interesting things about these glow bugs that I never knew before. It turns out that lightning bugs may be declining due to things like light pollution, pesticides, and habitat destruction. This made me very sad. So, I immediately began working on a poem in honor of this glittering little bug. Though I'm saying goodbye in the poem, if we all do our part, these flashy fliers will be around for awhile.
Fireflies are pretty amazing little bugs! You can learn more about fireflies by clicking the button below.
Invitation to Write:
Today's poem originated from an observation entry in my notebook. I was sitting outside at my writing table one night waiting to see all the fireflies glowing in the dark. I remember how sad I was when I did not see any at all. I wrote about this feeling in my notebook. It made me wonder, "Where had all the lightning bugs gone?" I immediately started researching more about these tiny night-lights. I was surprised by all the interesting things I never knew about these light-up bugs. After reading so much about them and looking at so many pictures of them, I decided to write a poem in the shape of a firefly.
Many of the things you are observing in your world can lead you to wonder more and more about them as well. Try researching your topic or subject to see what information you can find. These facts can lead you to all kinds of writing inspiration about your topic.
Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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Schedule of Round Up:
2 Heidi at my juicy little universe
9 Molly at Nix the Comfort Zone
16 Christie at Wondering and Wandering -- optional theme: trees
23 Amy at The Poem Farm
30 Kat at Kathryn Apel
6 Sylvia (and Janet) at Poetry for Children
13 Laura at Writing the World for Kids
20 Linda at TeacherDance
27 Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink
4 Cheriee at Library Matters
11 Catherine at Reading to the Core
18 Jama at Jama's Alphabet Soup
25 Karen at Karen Edmisten*
1 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
8 Irene at Live Your Poem
15 Michelle at Today's Little Ditty
22 Rebecca at Sloth Reads
29 Bridget at Wee Words for Wee Ones
6 Tanita at [fiction, instead of lies]
13 Liz at Elizabeth Steinglass
20 Buffy at Buffy's Blog
27 Michelle at Michelle Kogan