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Fireflies

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Poem Activity

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Have you ever seen fireflies? They are little winged beetles that give off a light when they fly. Think about how you can say this poem so that your listeners feel the hushed stillness of a warm summer evening with fireflies appearing.

Look at the images of soft light created by words like “lamp” and “dusk”. What other images of soft light can you see in the poem? Try saying those words slowly to create a feeling of stillness. Really enjoy the feel of the words in your mouth.

This is a poem that can’t be hurried or shouted but you still want your audience to hear you. Prepare by saying the words three times while you tune in to the gentle rhythm, rhymes and sounds of words. Start in a faint whisper, then a quiet whisper, and then a gentle voice.

Then say the poem out loud again but this time ask a friend to stand 2-3 metres away and check that they can hear your gentle speaking of these lines.

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Little lamps of the dusk
You fly low and gold
When the summer evening
Starts to unfold.
So that all the insects,
Now, before you pass,
Will have light to see by
Undressing in the grass.

But when night has flowered,
Little lamps agleam,
You fly over tree-tops
Following a dream.
Men wonder from their windows
That a firefly goes so far.
They do not know your longing
To be a shooting star.

Fireflies

by Carolyn Hall