Picture Ohio! – Last of the Dragonflies

Lance-tipped Darner
Lance-tipped Darner (Aeshna constricta), Portage County, Ohio

Summer in northeast Ohio is fading, and so are the dragonflies.

The Dragonfly

By Louise Bogan

You are made of almost nothing
But of enough
To be great eyes
And diaphanous double vans;
To be ceaseless movement,
Unending hunger
Grappling love.

Link between water and air,
Earth repels you.
Light touches you only to shift into iridescence
Upon your body and wings.

Twice-born, predator,
You split into the heat.
Swift beyond calculation or capture
You dart into the shadow
Which consumes you.

You rocket into the day.
But at last, when the wind flattens the grasses,
For you, the design and purpose stop.

And you fall
With the other husks of summer.

Prince Baskettail
Prince Baskettail (Epitheca princeps), Lake County, Ohio

“Time is for dragonflies and angels. The former live too little and the latter live too long.”  — James Thurber

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