Sonnet to Oding

by Kristina Woodhill

I am a dragonfly, I gad about,
My eyes as wide as Kitt Peak's probing dome;
Earth's Blazing Star and cousins serve as home;
If oding is your thing, please check me out.
To catch me, snatch at what is come, soon gone,
For haikus, I might light, display spread wings,
Inspire, insinuate a moment's “Ping!”
Ephemeral, faze brows, preface a song
That drifts, I snag its ride, its riffs beguile
These dangling six, these legs attempt a chord,
Quick strums resound to add to notes on board
This spinning record's long-play atmos-file.
Oh, ode to oding, let this sonnet sing,
Enchanted by my humming dragon wings.


Author's Note: Answer to Dragonfly sonnet challenge. Oding is the hobby dedicated to dragonflies, belonging to the order Odonata.

Posted on 09/08/2011
Copyright © 2021 Kristina Woodhill

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Linda Fuller on 09/08/11 at 03:55 PM

Sonnet and ode combined, with a nod to haiku. Love the first line. Super job!

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 09/08/11 at 05:20 PM

...what linda said. i love this. eloquent, even...never see odenta the same.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 09/09/11 at 10:28 AM

Loved the pace of this. Ode to odung? This is beautufully written. loved every word.

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 09/09/11 at 12:08 PM

ooo, i do like this ode to oding in sonnet form...fave line: "These dangling six, these legs attempt a chord,/ quick strums resound to add to notes on board"

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 09/10/11 at 01:52 PM

Captivating, simply captivating, as are the dragonflies of which you write.

Posted by Paganini Jones on 09/12/11 at 03:22 AM

It's that first line that gets me - "I am a dragonfly, I gad about" - one perfect line. Of course as others have said, the rest is pretty good too. But I wish I had written that first line :)

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 09/21/11 at 02:31 PM

Very nice Kristina. Excellent tempo and imagery. As I've said to others, among my favourite insects.

Posted by Lori Blair on 10/21/11 at 05:34 PM

Simply beautiful..and you often I forget about the smaller things such as nature but you sure do make me look a second time! thank you for that! Brilliant!

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 07/17/18 at 05:29 PM

A strewing of wonderment and bedazzlement on the mind's carpet, And who could resist piecing together this live wire, breathing fire, in so grounding, not raising alarm but soothing as balm. Consistent with verse, thank you Kristina, always for your Odic efforts.

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