What is the summary of "Shining Things" by Elizabeth Gould, and what is the main theme of this poem ?

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In this poem, the poet discusses things that are shining and why she loves them.  All of the first examples are form nature, such as the moon, stars, sun, glow-worms, butterflies, and a cat’s eyes.  The next examples are man-made, including beads and candles.  The theme is that we need to find and enjoy beauty around us.  The poem ends with the line, “The beauty of all shining things is yours and mine/It was a lovely thought of God to make things shine.”  The implication for theme is that we should enjoy the world and each other.