The Last of the Summer Lights
October in Slade, Kentucky, and I watch one of the year’s final nights of firefly frolic. By the Middle Fork of the Red River, a line of females fans light over the campground grass. Not a single male circles above.
Every time I wake, I gaze outside my tent and watch dozens of lights in the grass glow on and off without syncopation or pattern. No stars appear this cloudy night, just these tiny light-pools shimmering on the forest floor.
All night, steady in their dotage, the females mark their favorite trysting places, puddley beds.
future graves . . .
on the earth’s surface