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Dragonfly (Libellule)

by Don Matley

Delicate transparent wings spread so wide
Belying need, with your slender, elongated core
As you dart for food from side to side
While hugging the edge of “your” Alaskan shore

What inner beauty hides behind your multifaceted eye?
What knowledge could you share with us from times before?
Having witnessed three million years of events passing by
And could we learn the wisdom of others from days of yore?

You have survived with neither sting nor bite
To live out your peaceful life
While all we know are guns and mines
To try and end our strife.


Author's Note: The dragonfly is the official State insect of Alaska. Dragonflies have been around for almost 3 million years. They neither bite nor sting

Posted on 03/03/2010
Copyright © 2022 Don Matley

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 04/04/10 at 12:13 PM

Very nicely put Don. One of my favorite insects also. Benign and yet so helpful to man in their control of other (nusance) insects, especially flies.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 04/04/10 at 11:16 PM

I would love to have seen the really big ones, but enjoy the current sizes. They dazzle me and I like your approach here and the contrast you paint between them and us. Thank you.

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