Sonnet in which a yearning for fireflies has left a deep impression in the heart by Ali Znaidi

When distant


are projected on the windowpane,


becomes a nostalgia.

This is not philosophical whim.

This is not a fragment of music, either.

I remember when I was walking in the dark road

before the coming of age

of iPhones and how instantly turning them into flashlights.

I remember how fireflies kept me company.

This is not a collection of memories.

{This is just a recollection of moonlight debris.}

This is just nostalgia for an iPhone-less era.


Ali Znaidi (b.1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia. He is the author of several chapbooks, including Experimental Ruminations (Fowlpox Press, 2012), Moon’s Cloth Embroidered with Poems (Origami Poems Project, 2012), Bye, Donna Summer! (Fowlpox Press, 2014), Taste of the Edge (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014), and Mathemaku x5 (Spacecraft Press, 2015). For more, visit

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