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A Fire-Fly - Poem by nimal dunuhinga

The man was sentenced to death
jury was agreed and the magistrate already signed.
He was an innocent criminal and a scapegoat
but no options.
The true criminal with the Lords
and the Law is imbalanced.
One night in the prison cell
he saw a fire-fly like an ambulance
and he scribbled on the wall.
'Tomorrow morning a prince comes
to take me away, a better world,
my little fire-fly you try to show me the way
and I see that real world from your faint light.
Thank you so much my dear
now only I realized that I was in the total darkness
beneath the sun and moon.'

Welcome to our world my dear friend Denis.Joe

Comments about A Fire-Fly by nimal dunuhinga

  • Nivedita Bagchi SPC UK 12/3/2009 2:19:00 PM

    ‘…now only I realized that I was in the total darkness // beneath the sun and moon.'…’

    Wonderful paradox…darkness of eye or heart? …enjoyed but requires pondering…is it injustice?
    Ms. Nivedita

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  • Martin Turner 3/31/2007 7:03:00 AM

    Still thinking about this!

    Seeing a fire-fly one night in his prison cell,
    he scribbled on the wall:
    'Before tomorrow comes to extinguish even
    the darkness around the moon and stars,
    I see the world by your faint light.'

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  • Roy Storey 10/3/2006 3:07:00 PM

    As i get older i see things i missed on my way through life, not that thay was not there i just did not have the time to look.And this man had just found the time.Take care Roy. Reply

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  • Pia Andersson 9/23/2006 4:00:00 AM

    Why is it that when our life is threatened we can see what life is worth and really is about A painfully beautiful poem The fire-fly knows what we are too blind to see...Wishing you a day full of joy-Pia Reply

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  • Martin Turner 6/28/2006 2:16:00 AM

    Or even (I am still thinking about this - forgive me) :

    One night in the prison cell,
    seeing a fire-fly like an ambulance,
    he scribbled on the wall:
    Before tomorrow comes
    to extinguish even the darkness
    around moon and stars,
    I am seeing the world
    with your faint light.

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  • Martin Turner 4/8/2006 2:37:00 PM

    I see you have deleted my comment.

    I like your raw material and feel it deserves clearer treatment. By 'not English' I mean, not only textbook grammar and construction, but also a slight tendency to jumble.

    For instance (please forgive my temerity!) , this one could be greatly simplified, somewhat as follows:

    The condemned man

    One night in the prison cell,
    seeing a fire-fly like an ambulance,
    he scribbled on the wall:

    Before tomorrow morning comes,
    my little fire-fly,
    to extinguish even the darkness
    beneath moon and stars,
    I am seeing the world
    with your faint light.

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  • Sandra Fowler 4/6/2006 1:30:00 AM

    Eloquently and beautifully written, Praise for a poem of spiritual insight.The dream does not die even in the midst of ignorance and darkness.

    Kindest regards,


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  • Duncan Wyllie 4/5/2006 5:12:00 PM

    I feel that I should be able to grasp this one, but don't.I love the wording and the way it all fits together but the message may be just out of my reach at the moment.Could you enlighten me please.Love Duncan Reply

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  • David Tanguay 4/5/2006 1:50:00 PM

    I believe this poem is something like the one I wrote about a prisoners dream.
    'So far away' Will you read that one and let me know if they have a similar meaning?

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  1. The Song Of The Camp-Fire

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  2. Upon Fire

    Who falls into the fire shall burn with heat; While those remote scorn from it to retreat. Yea, while those in it, cry out, O! I burn, Some farther off those cries to laughter turn. Comparison. While some tormented are in hell for sin; On earth some greatly do delight therein. Yea, while some make it echo with their cry, Others count it a fable and a lie.

  3. A Fire-Sky

    The sunset was like a fire-sky That truly lit up my world Clouds were orange and yellow Like a paintbrush making swirls The beauty was overwhelming But a little bit frightening as well It raged as though with fury As it all began to swell The colors were also reflected In the lake where trees surround It was quiet as I stood mesmerized There was barely a single sound I saw some fellows out fishing Their bodies in semi-dark Nothing looked quite real The lake looked cold and stark I doubt that I will ever see A sunset just like this again The entire sky so unimaginable In a shocking kind of blend!

  4. ♥ ♥ ♥ Fire Within Fire ♥ ♥ ♥

    White silken thighs, Legs sprawled on the floor While sitting backwards Waiting for your love…… I wear my black bikinis, Great seduction - A delightful foreplay I came to prepare. O honey! Come to me. Please touch me…… Please me……….hot and wild Bring me to ecstasy land. Don’t stop – addicted to survive! Frame us both to fulfill our desires. Tame my burning passion, Let’s play the game of love. Fire within fire………. Sweat to sweat……. Boiling the waters inside As sweet juices and lava flows, From the nectars of love……….. 09-18-09