Dragonfly (Post 200)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Ancient flitting spirit, master of flight and precision…”

bringing life from water into air

from ancient Pangaea, 29-inch wings, to the 5000 species today

Bighead courser through buffeting winds

Ordonata, waterproof exoskeleton, tubish abdomen, and insect eater

Legendary bringer of rain to drought-ravaged mesas

a witch’s tool, whose wingtips could carry the departed


Far easterners sometimes fry the body, crisp and crunchy at the tongue

Wings spreading on a river reed

absorb the new day sun

Four wings black-veined working independently with hummingbird’s shift

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA thousand microscopic eyes all multi-lensed with retinas

seeing everywhere at once!

The hunter, breeder

copulating in air, an arced flight defying the bounds of gravity–

At last within the range of our limited senses

resting for a while where we find you

brittle body at the river roadOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

About rivertoprambles

Welcome to Rivertop Rambles. This is my blog about the headwaters country-far afield or close to home. I've been a fly-fisher, birder, and naturalist for most of my adult life. I've also written poetry and natural history books for thirty years. In Rambles I will mostly reflect on the backcountry of my Allegheny foothills in the northern tier of Pennsylvania and the southern tier of New York State. Sometimes I'll write about the wilderness in distant states, or of the wild places in the human soul. Other times I'll just reflect on the domestic life outdoors. In any case, I hope you enjoy. Let's ramble!
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8 Responses to Dragonfly (Post 200)

  1. Leigh says:

    Happy 200! Looking forward to many more. Let’s revisit the topic of fishing together once the temps and humidity return to normal.

  2. Joseph Hord says:

    Congratulations on the 200th post! Dragonflies are fascinating creatures. I’m looking forward to reading the next 200!

    • Thank you much Joseph. Admittedly I was taking dragonflies a bit for granted until we literally found the one intact. Its body was a steppingstone, of sorts, for meditation.


  3. Congratulations on 200 Walt! – and a nice post to ring it in.

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