A Moment in the Backyard

The way some fireflies 
hide within the 
obsidian grass, faking

the blinking signals 
of cold heat, I waited 
for you to want my offerings,

as badly as I wanted to give
them to you. Perhaps we shall 
soon understand why. 

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat ReviewMoria Poetry JournalChronogram JournalAmpersand Literary ReviewThe Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in USA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticHavana TimesSouth China Morning PostThe Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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