they patrol

on wires ————–


                                 ——— at precise angles

hungry dragonflies




so beautiful so long

as I am this size



These poems were written in response to Carpe Diem Special #139, Santoka Taneda’s “the dragon flies”, another great prompt hosted by Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. All of the poems in the link-up can be read here. And, to finish, here’s Talking Heads –

12 thoughts on “Dragonflies

  1. Oh, very cool — pushing the boundaries, Blake! The first one works with or without the striking layout – but I think the layout adds to the impact. So many ways to interpret the second haiku — it has a bit of an edge about it – especially paired with your first haiku.

    And Psycho Killer is very appropriate for the dragonfly — vicious killers, aren’t they? Did you ever see the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain perform this song? Surprisingly good — !

    A great post, Blake 🙂

    • Wait, there are boundaries?! 😛

      As I mentioned in another comment, your recent experimenting made me want another little “jazz odyssey” (in Spinal Tap terms) of my own. Though I did also include a naturalistic haiku for any tutters 🙂

      As for edge – well, “beauty” is so much about perspective, isn’t it? And for anyone buzzing around the garden this summer those dragonflies will look decidedly unbeautiful. Though, personally, I’m looking forward to seeing them return.

      No, I hadn’t seen the Ukulele Orchestra version till now and you’re right, it does work. But then I’ve always thought the ukulele was the most sinister of musical instruments – like a guitar but uncannily small. It’s like that moment in a horror film when the doll comes alive and starts marching towards you – it’s only little but… aaarghh!! 😦

      • ROFL!!!! Okay, that ukulele comment is a hoot – hadn’t thought of them that way — ! 🙂

        As to the dragonflies – was chatting with Georgia about them – and they are vicious little things, aren’t they? Watched a mini-documentary and discovered that they are little cannibals – and highly skilled hunters – even as nymphs. Scary stuff!

        But – I’m feeling quite honored that my baby, jazzy steps inspired you to take this giant leap — it works so very well! (And I wouldn’t lose any sleep over the tutters!) 🙂

      • Now I come to think of it, I’m pretty sure that a post of yours sent me off to watch a mini doc about dragonflies, months ago… Definitely scary guys.

        Hey, people like to tut – I was just helping ’em out! 😉

    • Even at human size I find dragonflies quite intimidating, I must say; beautiful, but intimidating. So I dread to think what the rest of the garden critters make of them.

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