Fireflies Under African Skies

20 Sep


Thanks to Elizabeth and Musical Notes for the choice of songs and to Fireflies by Owl City and Under African Skies by Paul Simon for the inspiration.

I stayed, as you will see, close to the titles. There are three different versions. I had to stop myself from continuing, as I was becoming quite engaged in seeing how many of these I can write in 15 words, or under.

She walks her days under African
skies; her nights are lit by fireflies.

At night — with fireflies,
under the African skies —
all worries dissolve.

Under the African skies
on a night lit by fireflies,
I see stars everywhere.

Go on over and visit, if you haven’t yet. See what others are doing. Try it yourself. The beauty of this prompt is meeting new songs, none of it takes that much time, and it’s fun.



Posted by on 20/09/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing


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10 responses to “Fireflies Under African Skies

  1. Rigel Ordinario

    20/09/2012 at 3:14 pm

    These are great haiku, and so clever, too. 🙂 I’ll definitely check out Musical Notes.

    • margo roby

      20/09/2012 at 3:23 pm

      Nice to hear from you. The beauty of this exercise is that it does not have to hold to the haiku count. We can structure them in any way we wish; they just can’t be over 15 words. It’s fun. I’ll look for you there next week :-). Elizabeth posts the music on Tuesdays.

      • Rigel Ordinario

        20/09/2012 at 3:28 pm

        I see. I quite like that idea. 🙂 I’m having a great time reading the other poems on there. I’m glad I found your post.

  2. 1sojournal

    20/09/2012 at 4:33 pm

    Like the first one. I usually end up with three or four, then must choose. Part of the fun, yes?


  3. pmwanken

    20/09/2012 at 7:00 pm

    I love that last one, margo…i like the idea of being encompassed by stars — those in the heavens, as well as those flitting around me.

    • margo roby

      21/09/2012 at 9:51 am

      I like the last one, as well, Paula. The sound and feel of it work for me. Thank you 🙂

  4. JulesPaige

    20/09/2012 at 7:43 pm

    Often when I see the summer fireflies in my yard I can’t see the stars – too many trees. So the fireflies do be come my stars under my sky right here – Home is where the fireflies or stars of the night sky takes us. 🙂

    Yes this is fun. Right up my minimalistic alley. Well except when I get carried away with story verse.

    • margo roby

      21/09/2012 at 9:09 am


      I love that the fireflies become your stars.

  5. ladynimue

    24/09/2012 at 6:00 am

    Love the first one !! 🙂


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