Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hotaru (Firefly)

                                                                      Attribution: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Image:1 Luminous Galaxies glow like Fireflies in the Night

                                                                           Attribution: @yb_woodstock
Image:2 A firefly
Source: Wikimedia Commons (here) and (here)

Winged beetles, never
ending flickers fill the cool
sea-side swamp areas

Rare phenomena
Glowworm lavae becomes a
firefly as adult

Locally known as
kelip-kelip, a night time
tourist attraction

A sly mating game
or to hoodwink a likely
unsuspecting prey?

Written for Chev's CARPE DIEM #221

9 comments:

  1. fireflies are so cool...been seeing them in the backyard for about a week...i find them rather romantic...

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    1. That is true! They make the environment becomes alive. Over here droves of onlookers brave the cold evening air. A stretch by the river banks at Kuala Selangor (about 70km from where we stay)is a famous location.

      Hank

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  2. I have never seen one and am amazed to see from the picture the presence of a kind of torch light beneath the insect, Subhanallah.

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    1. Oh yes,it's fascinating,Pakcik! I used to catch an odd one or two before as a kid! Sadly I don't see them anymore now!

      Hank

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  3. They aren't around here so much that I have found, but they do have a certain beauty when they are found

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    1. The beauty comes on 2 counts. One,the lights make them unique and two,they move with a rhythm in the air and they move slowly. One can easily catch them!

      Hank

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  4. Hotaru, kelip-kelip..
    first I heard that :)

    nice n informative read !!

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    1. Kelip in our lingo means flicker.

      Hank

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  5. Ooh, that last stanza speaks volumes. Love that beautiful word for firefly, "hotaru" and "kelip-kelip" just sounds like what it is. Thank you, not only for increasing my vocabulary, but for your wonderful poem.

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