My Dragonfly and I

Dragonfly Down

The subtle commotion

Caught my attention

Flailing so helplessly

Sputtering, flapping

Spinning itself

To a watery grave

Got up from my chair

To see what was happ’ning

Determined, deliberate

The knight of the day

“He's God's creature, an omen"

That's how I viewed him

Dragonfly Drying

 I scooped him skyward

Cupped in my palm

 

To drink in the sun

To dry out his wings

 

Diaphanous netting

All drop-clogged and sodden

 

Too heavy to lift him

A burden profound

 

He stayed on my finger

Accepting my solace

 

My breathy caresses

To hasten the healing

 

 

Watercolor by Amy Hautman http://amyhautman.blogspot.com/2008/04/blue-dragonfly.html
Watercolor by Amy Hautman http://amyhautman.blogspot.com/2008/04/blue-dragonfly.html

By God's Grace

We communed there like comrades

Comfortable, gentle

He seemed to intuit

He’d placed his trust well

There now, little one

You’ll be just fine

Got in over your head?

I know how that feels!

Take what you need,

Regain your composure

And when feel buoyant

Fly home safe and free.

© Mighty Mom 2009.

Dragonfly Symbology

The significance of my dragonfly's visit today was not lost on me. I have always liked dragonflies (along with butterflies, ladybugs and sometimes bees). So I decided to check into some dragonfly lure.

Where's what I found from a site called crylstalinks.

 www.crystalinks.com/dragonfly.html

"The dragonfly inhabits two realms: air and water. The influence of both these elements will be felt by Dragonfly people. They will be emotional and passionate during their early years (the influence of water) and more balanced with greater mental clarity and control in as they mature (the influence of air).

Dragonfly is the essence of the winds of change, the messages of wisdom and enlightenment and hope; and the communication from the elemental world. Dragonfles can guide you through the mists of illusion to the pathway of transformation, bringing the light and color of transformation into your life."

Dragonflies in Mythology (much here, but here was my favorite).

 Dragonflies and damselflies, were connected to Freya the Norse goddess of love, fertility and warfare. Freya was famous for her beauty and her knowledge as a magician. It was she who taught Odin the shamanic practices known as seidr.

The paired bodies of mating dragonflies form the shape of a heart, perhaps being the source for that modern symbol of love. In ancient lore, the dragonfly represents transformation, adaptation and insight.

 

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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

Beautiful story, beautiful poem. Nice art work, too. :0)


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SEM Pro 7 years ago from North America

I feel as though Mighty Mom Nature herself lit my day as Marley took the clock away... Lovely air of pure communion - my heart is filled with gratitude!

PS Sharing on fb - everyone deserves an attitude adjustment from this wonderful hub you've put together MM!


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Raven King 7 years ago from Cabin Fever

Hi Mighty Mom. No wonder dragonflies are so fascinating.

That's for rescuing it. I think your dragonfly visited my humble garden since I spotted it on a bamboo support for my malabar spinach.

Now I know why Freya is my favorite...she is a shaman!


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advisor4qb 7 years ago from On New Footing

Dragonflies are my favorite insect!


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Oh I adore it. This is such original, unique work MM and I just adore your new avatar it suits you to a T. xoxoxoxx


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

TR - Thanks. finding the artwork was big fun.

SEM Pro -- Wow. That first paragraph of your comment is a poem unto itself! I'm blown away.

Raven King -- I have no doubt the dragonfly you saw was the one I sent out on the breeze. They are savvy insects and know who the cool humans are!

advisor4qb -- Aren't they the neatest? I've always been drawn to them also

BP -- Aw, you make me feel like dancing! I love my avatar also! Miss our hubjackings, tho. Glad to see you back, girlfriend!!!


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alekhouse 7 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

This is so enchanting. I just love it, and the pictures add so much. BTW Where did you ever find that cool avatar?


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Why thank you, dear Alekhouse! I enjoyed writing it and adorning it with dragonfly pictures. There are soooo many out there.

As to my avatar, Google search for "female superheroes." Wish I had Cris A's Photoshop talents. Someday, hopefully!

Glad you like it! (Yours is pretty neat, too -- but I know the backstory on that one!).


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KatieE39 7 years ago from Colorado

I absolutely love dragonflies. Nice job!


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puppascott 7 years ago from Michigan (As far as you know...)

I thoroughly enjoyed this MM. You are fast becoming one of my favorite stops.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello KatieE39. Nice to meet you! So glad you stopped by and shared your love of dragonflies!

Pupppascott -- Your comment delights me. It proves how powerful Hub Pages is. When people with obviously polar oppositie political views can enjoy each other's writing so much! Right back atcha! MM


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puppascott 7 years ago from Michigan (As far as you know...)

Oooh. Yeah. I forgot about that political thing. Is it to late to recant the last comment? : )


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Yes, Puppascott, it is. You know darned well you can't recant your comment now! Besides, we've already passed Palin and are well into the calming power of water. We both know there's an undercurrent in the water. But that's ok! We can both swim!!! Thanks again. You really made my night.

Hasta manana. MM


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

They're so fragile and beautiful - and your love was the wind 'neath its wings :) Loved the poem and the bit from crystallinks.

Our dogs chase their shadows - this is the season many of them are seen around - and I'm always on the lookout to see they don't look up and lunge for them!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Oh Shalini, I love the visual of your dogs chasing dragonfly shadows!

I did have quite the spiritual connection with the little dude. Haven't spent a lot of time (read: ANY) caressing bugs in my life. This poor fellow seemed like he needed a nurse.

Good to see you. Sorry it's time for me to head to bed now. Maybe catch you manana. Hugs, MM


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Russ Baleson 7 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom

What a delightful reflection! I once spent three hours over a pond 'talking' to a dragon fly and waiting for the words to come to capture the experience (didn't happen). Yours did happen for me - so well written. Thank you.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

A very nice epical incident :) I like it.


ralwus 7 years ago

Well done girl. Loved it. The little buggers live life fast and die quite young.


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Triplet Mom 7 years ago from West Coast

Oh I really loved this MM !!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Russ -- Makes total sense to me. These exquisite creatures invite communion. I believe they do speak to us in their own way. Glad to have a dragonfly buddy on HP!

Shamel -- Epical incident! I like that! Thanks

Ralwus -- Thanks. Well, this particular little jet setter added at least a few more hours to his life! What he did after he flew off my finger is up to him:-).

TM -- Thank you. There's definitely a maternal element in there, I think. MM


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Cindy Letchworth 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

Love this. Holding one so fragil yet so strong in your hand, is a remarkable thing to experience. I'm glad the dragonfly found you.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Cindy -- Good to see you! I suspect my little dragonfly buddy is pretty happy he landed in my pool instead of some pond or puddle! MM


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Quiet Stormn 7 years ago

Dragonflies are one of my totems, I was very pleased with these poems thank you!


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Quiet Stormn, Totems are neat. I can see why you would like dragonflies. I like them a lot, too! Thanks for visiting. MM


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Quiet Stormn 7 years ago

You are very welcome. I have been studying a little about totems lately, I'm thinking about writing a hub about it.


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maggs224 7 years ago from Sunny Spain

I loved your poem, in this weather I spend quite a bit of time in the pool and often there are insects that are trying their best to stay afloat and I must admit if I see any signs of life even in wasps I can't leave them to drown like you I have to rescue them.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hi Maggs. You are obviously a nature lover after my own heart. I'd have a hard time letting any bug drown, even a wasp. Just hope the little bugger didn't sting me in the process!


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fortunerep 7 years ago from North Carolina

beautiful and I love dragon flies!!

dori


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blondepoet 7 years ago from australia

Yes MM it is about time to throw your little bod in the mud again, that was a great one we had with Raider and oh heck forgot who else was there :(


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hello Dori -- Somehow, I knew that you did!

BP -- Mud wrestling, the group shower at Christoph's, all manner of misadventures on The Captain's ship. Ah, there's lots of wild times in our pasts. Let's put some in our futures, shall we?


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

MM , good stuff. I can picture the whole concept In my mind ! As always well done , but of course I am biased because you know you are my Bud !


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

What a lovely piece! I did think it was going to end more like this though:

Your all dry now. It's time to get, see?

Then that dragonfly bastard bit me.


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Hey Tony! You are so right. You ARE my bud. And it's wonderful to have a bud who is so supportive yet does not see things politically eye-to-eye with me. I learn a lot from you and your "rants." Who knew HP would teach me so much about tolerance and respect:-)?

CR -- I like your ending!! Luckily I did not realize dragonflies can bite or sting or I might not have caressed him so much, thus tempting him to retaliate.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

MM

I used to catch dragonflies in dizzying colors in the field, I always associate them with summertime. This one is a beauty, thanks for sharing.

Btw, I'm glad that you've been pushing your pen to write poetry more. :D


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Dear friend Cris A. Thank you for visiting and reading my poem. I am enjoying exploring the genre of poetry. A new way of putting words together. Much to learn.

Thanks again for the enouragement. Luv ya, MM


lyricsingray 7 years ago

They remind me of angels and creatures of peace-thanks for choosing this Hub- I really enjoyed it and the writing is beautiful, Cheers, Kim


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Mighty Mom 7 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

I love them too. Angels and creatures of peace. I like that! Thanks for the beautiful comment, Kim


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Just happened upon your beautiful ode. I have been drawn to the seeming frail beauty of dragonfly's and found your poem fitting their luminescence. Thanks.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thank you, Deborah!

That was a special day for me, but not my first encounter with a dragonfly in peril.

I think they are the coolest!


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

Lovely words and stunning pictures.


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA Author

Thank you for the beautiful comment, aceatnna. I was lucky to find really cool pics. Guess I'm hardly the only dragonfly lover in the world!

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