Dragonfly

I saw the

dragonfly

returned

this summer

with

friends

the

three of them

flew over

the body of

water

like blazing

kites

I strung out the garden hose

cleaning out the

green water of the

birdbath

(because no bees were drinking)

filling it up

with a slow stream

of fresh water

as

a red headed

chirping

mother

bird

perched close by

on the wall

eyeing me

closely

emitting a

loud commanding

‘chirp! stay clear!’

I said to myself quietly…

‘Don’t worry I mean you no harm. I won’t take long’

that I was a friend

I continued my work

filling

It still chirped

flying from

limb to hopping

around on top the wall

standing its ground

(on guard against this gentle giant!)

safeguarding its nest

which likely

was built

in the tree

directly

above

the

birdbath

I was just finishing up

filling to its brim

mother

had a small green

bug hanging out on

both sides of its beak

to feed its young

the orange

and

red dragonfly

(and friends)

swooped down

circling over

the water of

my swimming pool

bobbing up and down

dunking

for drinks

then

flew off

and

away

 

 

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