(c) all rights reserved · dverse · fauna · poetry

dVerse — poetics — Dragonfly Army

Dragonfly Meaning and Symbolism: Your Spirit Animal Guide | UniGuide
image link

 

Chaotic squadrons of
primary-colored, glass-wings
reconnaissance before the mower.
Flairful acrobatic killer drones
with bulb-eyed precision
nab mid-flight mosquitoes.
On leave, they dust daisies
and drink honeydew from
ant farms on hollyhock stalks.
They bivouac on cattails
under luna’s night watchful eyes.

 

 

 

Laura Bloomsbury is today’s host at dVerse.  Laura says:

  • Pen a poem that is about FLYING/FLIGHT (NOT FLEEING)
  • Take ONE or MORE of our natural winged phenomena – bird, bat, insect, seed, flying fish! (but NOT mythical creature with wings, NOT mechanical objects either)
  • Your poem can be purely literal or mixed with metaphor or even allegory
  • Write as subject or object; 1st or 3rd person
  • Preferably use FREE VERSE (like Sandburg & Lawrence above) as that best suits the subject of flying!

 

69 thoughts on “dVerse — poetics — Dragonfly Army

    1. Are you talking about an animal shelter kind of pound? I bet you never hit any, and if you did, watch out. I think God is a giant dragonfly and won’t be happy when you get to the pearly gates.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. I adore dragonflies, Lisa! We have them in our garden and I have a dress with dragonflies on it, two dragonfly brooches, a necklace and earrings, amongst other dragonfly adorned objects. They are indeed ‘primary-colored’ and ‘glass-winged’. My favourite image in your poem is in the lines:
    ‘They bivouac on cattails
    under luna’s night watchful eyes.’

    Liked by 2 people

    1. ❤ awesome, Kim! I don't have any decor or jewelry with them, but they are my buddies in the yard. There really is a squadron that flies ahead and around me when I mow, and they do love to chase each other in the fields, just over the tops of the plants. Thanks!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. LOVE this. Each line is wonderful and the descriptions of imagery are excellent.

    “On leave, they dust daisies
    and drink honeydew from
    ant farms on hollyhock stalks.”

    Amazing writing here; those are just immersing lines to read, and they are very evocative to nature. What a fantastic piece.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. We really don’t get dragonflies in these parts; nor lightning bigs either–just mean old wasps and hornets. You had me at “they dust daisies and drink honeydew at ant farms on hollyhock stalks”.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. So interesting to think there are places in the world without dragonflies. They are like flowers in summer here. I see wasps and hornets around and sometimes they build paper nests in the trees or on the side of the garage, but they pretty much keep to themselves. Mosquitos are the big pest bug here, those vicious little things! Ants can sometimes get in the house, which really has be going bonkers. Glad you enjoyed the poem, Glenn 🙂

      Like

  4. Love your imagery in this and your use of words … these lines really appeal
    “ant farms on hollyhock stalks.
    They bivouac on cattails
    under luna’s night watchful eye”

    delightful thanks Lisa!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. kaykuala

    Flairful acrobatic killer drones
    with bulb-eyed precision
    nab mid-flight mosquitoes.

    Amazing! seen them, bulb-eyed catching mosquitoes, yes! Never knew they are scattered in many countries. Best of all they are positively led for us to emulate. Wonderful info Jade!

    Hank

    Liked by 1 person

  6. You’ve obviously observed dragonflies closely. Wonderful poem!
    I’ve noticed so many more dragonflies about this year–or what I think are dragonflies. 😀. If they eat mosquitoes, I’m happy to have them about.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I was a very outdoorsy child and my grandparents lived near a creek and marshland. I’ve taken many walks in the dunes and fields around the area. Since moving here in 2011 they are just part of the landscape 🙂 Thanks, Merril. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. I’m finally getting around to reading the other responses to this prompt. I was stumped by what to write, so I started with yours. I only got two lines in and right away thought of dragonflies I see while kayaking. Their flight and sudden change of direction made me think of swallows, so I left your poem to write mine. Thank you for the nudge. 🙂

    You’ve captured the dragonfly’s mid-flight acrobatics, and “glass wings” is perfect.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.