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The Scent of a Lady Bug

Sep 30, 2018

Lady BugReally? I said, they have a scent?

Yes, said my son,

they smell sort of like fireflies.

Who could imagine that?

The window sill of his room

was a gridlock of marching lady bugs,

and more on the floor.

I saved two from drowning in a glass of water –

well, one was dead.

The stillness of her legs,

of the orange-shellac shell with yellow spots –

A style still all the rage.

Very hip, very mod.

But in a week or so

the bodies were piled like a Volkswagen

scrap yard.

I had no idea they have a scent.

Of course, everyone knows the

scent of fireflies.


Photo of ladybug by Rolf Dietrich Brecher from Germany
Wikimedia Commons, (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Kimmy Sophia BrownKimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember.She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.

She writes the column "From the Back Porch" as well as reviews of music in her column "MusicViews". Her goal in her music reviews is to introduce music she loves to people who may not have heard that particular artist or CD. For information about how to submit a CD for review, click here.

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