Anax imperator

wing slivers of condensed air veined glass chitinous distillate of aeons blue against dark green acid green against copper depths of pool winged viper Devil's coach-horse or darning needle lit taper vivid against lichenous fountain water-patter surface reforms without trace she pays you no heed will not stitch your eyes lips shut nor weigh your soul's worth helmet eyes mantle the head drink the light wide bowl of visible world the spectrum stretches into vibrant multiplicities wings are elongated tears strengthened by fine traceries each slight weight senses vibration of birdsong earth's faint tremors transmitted element to element dart soar reverse hover stall pause time all else blurs dragonfly cleaves the air defying awareness of air's thickness defining its substance penetrate loop back leave traceless threads flight a joy a patterning making remaking meaning

Jenny Donnison