THE DRAGONFLY WHO COULDN'T FLY By Robert Hewett Sr

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This is another of 9 poems I wrote for a young friend's 9th birthday. As with most of my poetry for children there is a moral to this one. Look for it at the end of the poem.

THE DRAGONFLY WHO COULDN’T FLY

In a pond with lily pads I chanced to see

a Dragonfly crawling from reed to reed.

“Dragonfly, why don’t you fly from leaf to leaf?”

The Dragonfly said, with a tear in his eye,

“My wings are useless, I can’t even try.”

“What happened to your wings Mr. Dragonfly?

I see them there and they look fine to me.”

“I cannot use these wings you dummy,

They are holding me just like a mummy.

I was just about to fly and dart away,

When Croaky the Frog, said, Hey, No Way!”

“He said my wings are glued to my body

from the milky reeds dripping white honey.

If not for him I would now be candy kisses

Torn apart by all those hungry fishes.”

Croaky the Frog inched ever closer,

The dragonfly was not leaving, no not ever.

Flicking his tongue and blinking his eyes

His dinner on the reed was just the right size.

“Go away you meddling fool”, he said to me.

“That Dragonfly knows that I am cool as can be”

He began to drool all down his chin

He motioned the Dragonfly to his din.

“You dumb, dumb, Dragonfly, can’t you see

That frog wants you his dinner to be.

See him now crouching under that tree.

Don’t go any closer or history you will be.

Flap your wings, they are just fine,

In the air you are safe from Croaky’s kind”.

Dragonfly flapped his wings and then hovered

Above the pond he was fully recovered..

The frog got mad, ate a gnat, and then spat.

There is a moral here to put under your hat

As you go through life trying to make it fit.

If the advice is good, be quick to take it.


Robert Hewett Sr. 1993

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Senoritaa 4 years ago

The moral of the story I think here is twofold.

1. Take quick advise (which is in your last line), it may be a life saver.

2. Do not believe everything the world says to you, a foe may disguise as a friend, and you may end up in trouble. Hence, self-judgment is very crucial.

I hope I am right. :)


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

Oh it's wonderful when you learn to flap your wings! Rising above your insecurities. And a little cheering section doesn't hurt. This would be a nice children's book.


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Good analysis Senoritaa and absolutely right on target.


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks Ann, all these children's poems are in my book DOWN THE ROAD WE CAME. You will find a link to it on my profile page. My books can be bought from me for less than the online stores. Bob


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wonderful Robert! Have you ever considered writing children's books? This would be great for kids and would make for magical illustrations. You never cease to amaze! Awesome!


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks Tammy. All these poems are in my book titled DOWN THE ROAD WE CAME. I have though seriously about publishing each one as a book if I find an illustrator. Bob


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

yeah, listen to sound advice...i like the analogy of it Robert...great poem as usual...


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thasnk you very much Raci, I value your opinion. Robert


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Loved this!


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thank you Audrey, see you at your site soon. Robert


Leokadia Durmaj 4 years ago

A wonderful poem it is to read for children. A wonderful lesson to learn in a most delightful way. Leokadia


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ROBERTHEWETTSR 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks Lee, glad you like my dragonfly poem. Bob

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