Monday, September 7, 2015

Within this Wedge of Light

Backlit by the sun,
this dragonfly's 
transparent wings 
are a blur times four.

It hovers, then turns,
then darts
diagonally downward,
snaring another flying insect.

Do you admire 
its flight;
forward and backward,
up and down?

Are you amazed
by its maneuverability
and quick strike

Four wings working
changing direction,
fast and furious.

I am astounded 
all over again
at the many miracles
available for viewing.

Not only the 
scientific  explanation
of tiny motor muscles,
complex compound eyes,

the minute holes called spiracles

pumping in oxygen
through its narrow,
throbbing abdomen,

not only these,
but the simple pleasure
of merely watching
with wonder

within this wedge

of summer sunlight.
© 2015 Richard Havenga