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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 1, March 2014

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Genie Nakano
Hawthorne, California, USA


Fireflies

Under a hot Mexican sun, five entomologists disguised as hippies, Bobbie a karate champion and me the dancer travel in a 1967 VW van.

We camp any place that attracts night flying scarabs. But tonight—on Mazatlan Beach—it's fireflies everywhere and for a peso you can buy a whole bottle of them.

As I gaze into the bottle, I'm amazed these tiny creatures can light themselves up. I fall asleep with the bottle next to me.

In the morning the bottled fireflies are all dead.

lightning
in a bottle
end of summer

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