Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Poem with an explanation: Dragonfly ideas

This is the last post in the Dragonfly Post Series.  Hopefully it has been enjoyed.  Regular posts start again tomorrow.  Today’s post is a poem with an explanation.  Here’s the poem:

Darting around the sky,
in bursts and flashes,
moving among the trees,
so far away.

In bursts and flashes,
they can all be seen,
so far away,
yet moving close by.

They can all be seen,
in small little moments,
yet moving close by,
there is a hope.

In small little moments,
there is a clarity,
there is a hope,
there is a chance.

There is a clarity,
when things slow down,
there is a chance,
when there is patience.

When things slow down,
a reward can be found,
when there is patience,
a gem is revealed.

A reward can be found,
looking outward,
a gem is revealed,
darting around the sky.


This poem is about two things.  It is about dragonflies and ideas (as in an invention or a way to solve a problem).  The language of the poem, describes both.

In the first stanza, the dragonflies are described flying about.  This also describes ideas that haven’t quite been held on to.

In the second stanza, the dragonflies are described as flying quickly and far away, and yet still coming close by.  This is related to ideas that aren’t quite formed in a person’s mind, but there are times when it seems like they might be.

In the third stanza, the dragonflies appear fleetingly, yet because they come close by, there is hope that they will be seen more clearly and closely.  This same idea is applied to ideas.  When a person is trying to think of something new, they might have moments where they think they understand, and those moments give them hope.

In the fourth stanza, in the moments when the dragonflies come close by and are still, there is a hope and a chance of seeing them clearly and closely.  This is like the same moments that happen with ideas.

In the fifth stanza, if a person is patient and the dragonflies slow down, there is a chance to see them clearly.  This is related to a person with an idea, in that, if they are patient and take their time, there is a chance they become clear about their idea and find a solution.

In the sixth stanza, the dragonflies can be seen with all their colors when they slow down and a person is patient.  Again, this relates to a person thinking of a new idea.  The idea is, if the person slows down and they are patient, they can figure things out.

In the last stanza, the general idea of dragonflies is described.  It talks about them looking nice and flying around.  This realization happens after they are seen up close.  This again relates to ideas, in that once a person has thought of one, they realize that the inspiration for them is all around them.

In terms of form, as can be seen by the repeated lines, this poem is a pantoum.  Some effort was taken to make sure that the repeats made sense.


P. S. There is a new set of photography, artwork, poetry and fiction on  In something different, the first part of the fiction is directly influenced by the poetry.  The poem lists a number of things and those things are alluded to in some way in the first part of the story.


Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: A photograph to inspire poetry: Worth it

Worth it

This is the fourth and last photograph of this dragonfly.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

clear wings,
holding on,
seeing up close,
even the little hairs on the legs,
even the structure of the wings,
glowing in the sunlight,
the eyes looking away,
after all of the searching,
all of the waiting,
all of the trying,
this was worth it.

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: A photograph to inspire poetry: Hello, little dragonfly

Hello, little dragonfly

Above is a photograph of a dragonfly.  As stated in the introduction to this post series, there were supposed to be four photographs to inspire poetry, related to dragonflies.

Originally, the intention was to find four dragonflies and take their photographs.  This proved to be far more difficult than anticipated.

While there are an abundance of dragonflies where M. Sakran lives, they didn’t seem to want to have their pictures taken.  They flew to fast and too far away.  Some would get close – and then dart off.

About three hours were spent, and not one good photograph was taken.  It was a lot of struggle and frustration.  There were dozens of out of range dragonflies, lots of near shots, lots of blurry shots and lots of almost shots.  It was a bit much.  (The one dragonfly that was still enough to have appeared in a photograph on this blog previously (May 28, 2015 post), and made it seem like this would be easy, seemed to be the exception, not the rule.)

After all of this, there was the idea, to take four photographs, not of dragonflies, but of things related to them.  While this did seem a little bit like a cop out, given all of the struggle and frustration it seemed like a good idea.

Then this little dragonfly came along.  It came and stood still.  It didn’t move.  It didn’t fly away.  It was there for about a minute.  It was a little out of reach, but is was there.  It was a wonderful little dragonfly.

After this dragonfly was found (and the celebration concluded), pictures of it were taken, and those pictures were reviewed, a decision was made to use four different photographs of this one dragonfly for this post series.  Given the difficulty in photographing these little creatures, this seemed the best option.

The first photograph is in this post.  The next three are in the next three posts.

These are four separate photographs of the same creature.  The angles and distance are a little different in each one.  Even though they are the same creature, they are still four different photographs.

Hopefully these photographs will be enjoyed, both for themselves, as well as for the effort it took to get them.

Here is a poem inspired by this photograph:

Hello, little dragonfly

Hello, little dragonfly,
you are so nice to see,
because unlike your brethren,
you didn’t flee.

Hello, little dragonfly,
you bring with you such joy,
because unlike your brethren,
with emotions you didn’t toy.

Hello, little dragonfly,
thank you for stopping by,
because unlike your brethren,
you didn’t make a poet cry.

Hello, little dragonfly.

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Poetry topic idea: deadly beauty

Today’s poetry topic idea is deadly beauty.  Dragonflies are deadly – they eat other insects (among possibly other things).  Dragonflies are also beautiful – they have bright colors.  This idea of something being deadly, but looking beautiful, is the poetry topic idea for today.

A poet writing about deadly beauty, could decide to write about various forms of temptation.  They could write about anything that seems to be nice and look good, but in fact has negative consequences.  For example, a poet could write about someone with an alcohol problem, seeing a brightly colored bottle of wine.

Another idea, might be to write about things in nature, that look beautiful, but are poisonous.  Various brightly colored berries would fit this idea.

A poet might also write about the cliché of the attractive person who is a murderer.  A poet might choose this idea and have a poem that reads like a story.

As a last idea, a poet might twist the idea a bit, and instead of having the beautiful thing being deadly to something else, the beautiful thing, might be deadly to itself.  For example, a poet could write about a brightly colored animal that is spotted by a predator.

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Poetry topic idea: wings

As this is The Post Series: The Dragonfly Series, it would seem, that a natural poetry topic idea for it would be “dragonflies”.  That would be the case, however, dragonflies has already been used as a poetry topic idea on this blog.  It was used in the July 20, 2015 Blog Post: Poetry Topic Idea: Dragonflies.

Given that, there had to be another selection for this (as well as another) poetry topic idea for this post series.

Using “dragons” or “flies” as alternatives, while maybe obvious (and slightly humorous), seemed a little too simplistic, and so something else had to be thought of.

Given all of this, today’s poetry topic idea is: wings.

Dragonflies have interesting wings.  If you look at the photograph from the May 28, 2015 blog post A photograph to inspire poetry: Dragonfly, you can see that that dragonfly has four wings that appear mainly clear and have a lattice pattern to them.

Dragonflies can use their wings to fly in interesting ways.  They can hover and dart about and move somewhat like a hummingbird.

Some ideas that can from wings, are poems about:

  • Flight

  • Birds, bats and insects

  • The idea of freedom (flight being a way to have freedom)

  • Speed and quickness

  • Airplane dogfights

  • The structure of different kinds of wings

Post Series: The Dragonfly Series: Experimental Poetry Form: Dragonfly syllable stresses

Dragonfly is a three syllable word with a stress pattern of: high, low, medium.  This idea is used here to make an experimental poetry form.

The form is ten lines.  Each line has three syllables.  Those syllables follow the same stress pattern as dragonfly.  Ideally the poem should make sense as it flows.

Here is an example poem: