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Turn Out The Lights

Remember the fireflies?

Where are they?

Remember starry nights?

Can you see them from your house? 

Do you remember the moon? 

Can you point to it without looking?

Have you admired it lately?

What is nighttime?

What is night a time for?

Turning the streetlights on, and backyard lamps?

Obliterating the dark?

Improving on nature’s daily cycle?

Is nighttime for going out and painting the town?

Isn’t it already painted anyway-with unnecessary artificial light?

What if night was….. dark again?

How would it be if we turned out all the lights?

Would we recognize our friend? Our night?

Would our bodies respond to the natural rhythms of earth and sky?

Would the planet grab us with a reminder that we are part of it?

Would the insects sing?

Would fireflies blink?

Could we see the mosaic of stars in the sky?

Might the moon make it’s impression?

Might our stress make a regression?

Might our souls be taught a lesson?




Let’s see.

Turn out the lights.

Thanks to fellow Wise & Shine writer AP2, whose recent, “question only” post must have seeped into my brain and subconsciously inspired my own question based piece. 

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29 thoughts on “Turn Out The Lights

    1. Thanks Victoria! I hadn’t thought about it maybe being musical/lyrics- but maybe it could be 🤔😎🎶

      1. I know, right? I felt a musical cadence in it…and I’m not YOU! I have zero musical talent, but it came through! Yay, Todd! 😎

      2. Thanks but you have more music in you than you think! You’re a good listener (words or music), which is a great beginning 😎

  1. Very beautiful questions Todd! About fireflies, it has been ages that I haven’t seen one, but last time I was out in the countryside. I think that city lights pollute the nights but we need them for security reasons, as our cities are getting more and more dangerous, unfortunately 🙁

    1. Thanks Cristiana! When I drive through my favorite park at night, I still see many fireflies, but around town- not many. It’s true what you say though about needing the lights for security- it’s a proven deterrent for crime, but unfortunately for fireflies too.

      1. Oh you are lucky, fireflies are so beautiful. I remember when I was a child at my granny’s country house, there were so many! It was fantastic to walk in the dark nights with them showing the path. I felt like being in a fairy tale!

    1. Nice! We have some relatives that live in the country, and night is a whole different, and in my opinion, better, experience there.

  2. It’s been a long time since I’ve been surrounded by total darkness.
    No moon light.
    Starlight obstructed by thick low clouds. Inside my tent in the woods, my eyes could not focus on anything.
    What a strange feeling it is to not see my hand in front of my face.

  3. Love it, Todd. It makes me think of going to the places where I get my kids up in the middle of the night to see the stars because they are all so much more visible. We’re camping out tonight – I’m going to give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks Wynne! I loved camping out with the kids when they were growing up, although for the backyard version, they did eventually convince my wife to run a long extension cord into the tent so they could power a little TV and watch a movie before falling asleep 🙃😁

      1. That’s funny about the tv, Todd! This time I discovered that I could fit two twin mattresses in the tent and it felt great to sleep out there. Can’t believe I didn’t try that in years past… 🙂

  4. Beautifully said, Todd! The sea of stars is awe inspiring if we’d turn out the lights, look up and see. Children laughing, chasing fireflies and carefully cupping their glowing light in small hands and running to show me is one of my favorite memories. 💞💞💞

    1. That’s and really fun image Dawn! I remember that from both the kid side and the parent side. Thanks for reading and sharing! 🙂

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