It’s a mistake
to believe that a plain lightbulb
will go off above your head
when you have a great idea.
It’s an even bigger mistake
to believe that
you have no lightbulbs anywhere.
Some lightbulbs are tough to find,
but they go off
Some are obscured by lamp shades.
Some are made pretty by fancy lamp shades.
Some are dim.
Some are large, some are small.
Some only reveal what they reveal
when all the other lights are off.
Some bulbs create a specific mood.
Some bulbs fade into the background.
Some bulbs are so hot
they can’t be touched without rubber gloves.
Some bulbs contain an inner pulp
ready to explode.
Some are energy-efficient,
others are very wasteful,
scattering light in every which direction.
Some go out quickly
and need to be replaced.
But the rarest bulbs, the best bulbs, are the ones
that burn stronger
the longer they stay on.