Sunday – Dragonflies, and any other insects I may have missed.
Dragonfly, a Pantoum
Your movement, never still,
master of your craft
on fragile, gauzy wings.
on fragile gauzy wings,
sparkling colours dazzling.
sparkling colours dazzling
like a shimmering gem.
Art Nouveau jewellers’
captured your vibrancy.
Art Nouveau jewellers,
masters of their craft,
captured your vibrancy –
your movement ever stilled.
-Jenni Wyn Hyatt
Before I break the Surface of the world
I live another life beneath where light
falls differently. I eat Small that curl
in front, while Larger see me tasty bite.
Hidden behind long stems I wait and wait.
Quick squirt of breath behind to catch the Slow.
Grab it with my hooks drag it to my gape.
Climb Up a stem and shed Old Skins as I grow.
Need forces me to break Surface in Dark
where I learn to breathe before final shuck.
Let limbs and wings harden into flights start.
He grabs my neck, I arch my back, Eggstruck.
I return to Surface, slice open stem.
Lay my eggs for life to begin again.