Maxine Kumin


The Quarrel - Poem by Maxine Kumin

Said a lightning bug to a firefly,
'Look at the lightning bugs fly by!'

'Silly dunce!' said the fly. 'What bug ever flew?
Those are fireflies. And so are you.'

'Bug!' cried the bug. 'Fly!' cried the fly.
'Wait!' said a glowworm happening by.

'I'm a worm,' squirmed the worm. 'I glimmer all night.
You are worms, both of you. I know that I'm right.'

'Fly!' cried the fly. 'Worm!' cried the worm.
'Bug!' cried the bug. 'I'm standing firm!'

Back and forth through the dark each shouted his word
Till their quarrel awakened the early bird.

'You three noisy things, you are all related,'
She said to the worm, and promptly ate it.

With a snap of her bill she finished the fly,
And the lightning bug was the last to die.

All glowers and glimmerers, there's a MORAL:
Shine if you must, but do not quarrel.


Comments about The Quarrel by Maxine Kumin

  • Barry Middleton (2/27/2016 7:26:00 AM)


    I wish the politicians would take this advice. (Report) Reply

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  • Kim Barney (1/24/2016 4:14:00 PM)


    Entertaining poem with a moral. When in doubt, keep your mouth shut. Better to be silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (1/24/2016 3:27:00 PM)


    I loved it! ! ! Kumin knows how to write a poem for children that parents will have fun reading. The moral is not preachy but springs naturally from the content of the poem (Report) Reply

  • (1/24/2016 12:22:00 PM)


    Lovely poem with a great moral. Enjoyed very. Fighting among peers brings nothing but destruction. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/24/2016 6:09:00 AM)


    Very nice write. liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/24/2016 4:36:00 AM)


    A positive mind always seeks for peace. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (1/24/2016 2:44:00 AM)


    A very useful lesson has been given through this funny and amusing poem to all those who get themselves engaged in quarrels of some or the other sort. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 15, 2016



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