Fireflies

A thousand tiny knives pierce from within
A familiar ache soon overtakes me
A terrible, painful, darkened depression
Soon defines the state of my being

Hazy thoughts indefinable drift through my mind
Faces through the fog whisper incoherence
I lift my head to speak to the silhouettes
Air escapes my lips in a final, deadened hiss

Now without the energy to even sit upright
My too-lithe body slumps over to its side
My eyes half-open, my soul begins to leave
It is now that I realize that I have just died

A dozen other tramps also met their ends in this place
Without even the dignity of definition
Nameless, faceless, forgotten forever
Ours will be a truly isolated oblivion

And now what is left but memories and regrets?
Is the “one true God” supposed to uplift me now?
How can any true God even exist
When until now His presence was never even found?

My body will be burned in a heap of companions
Fellow pathetic wanderers on this plane of reality
A war we started is what caused all this
This poverty, this suffering, this madness, this depravity

But I am beyond caring about the nation I once loved
When, in the end, it couldn’t give me a spoonful of rice
There were millions of others who loved it ’til now
And with their lives they paid blind loyalty’s price

At least they had the comfort of dying for their beliefs
I, however, have died just because
The one mission I was so long ago entrusted to
All that remains of it now is ashes and dust

The candy tin that was my last comfort
Is now thrown away like it’s no more than trash
I scream in horror and reach for the trinket
I search frantically, hoping to find it, perhaps

But all that’s left now are the fireflies
Floating and glimmering in the thin dismal air
All that’s left now are the fireflies
As I cry and plead and through the rubbish tear

All that’s left now are the fireflies
Frolicking and playing as they did eons ago
All that’s left now are the fireflies
As I curl up in misery; I’ve completely failed for sure

All that’s left now are the fireflies
In memory of her innocence, her sweetness
All that’s left now are the fireflies
As I cry out in despair, wishing she could hear this

All that’s left now are the fireflies
To tell those who wronged us that they’ve our forgiveness
All that’s left now are the fireflies
The only remainder of our existence

All that’s left now are the fireflies
To glow, to float, to fly forever
All that’s left now are the fireflies
As a gentle set of fingers rest upon my shoulder…

All that’s left now are the fireflies
As, for once, she’s the one to comfort me
All that’s left now are the fireflies
As I cling and hug and cry at her knees

All that’s left now are the fireflies
As we look back on the cursed journey that we took together
All that’s left now are the fireflies
As we take comfort in only each and another

All that’s left now are the fireflies
To continue to float into eternity
All that’s left now are the fireflies
To rest near our graves, as we rest, at last, peacefully

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Fireflies by Jay R. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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