This firefly that walks across my palm, he
does not realize he glows, knows only
he is drawn to others of his kind, approaches
them with his own sense of dark humility,
is suddenly blinded by their brilliant flashes.
He only feels his own smallness, meager wings,
short flights between eternities of crawling,
oblivious to his own longing
flexing into light.
Laura M. Kaminski grew up in northern Nigeria, went to school in New Orleans, and currently lives in rural Missouri. She is an Associate Editor at Right Hand Pointing. Her most recent collection, Considering Luminescence, is available from Amazon, and more of her poetry can be found at arkofidentity.wordpress.com