If we could look up
And see ourselves
Every memory
Every dream
Every aroma
Lifetimes of heartbeats
Hidden loves
And all that we’ve forgotten
And every happiness
Our earth
Home to our species
Territory of our souls
Would we recognize ourselves?
Would we be amazed
That despite our bad manners
Heroic deeds sometimes conquer tragedy?


The embers from the infernos
Let’s call them fireflies instead
Sparks that tell us
Some courage is needed
Flickering with admonitions
Pulsing bewilderment
The lights illuminate
A naked truth
That if we could only see ourselves
Our calling
Our response
Would we change like butterflies?
Move backwards like dragonflies?
Inspire children like fireflies?
If threats became symbols
Would they bring us to our senses?