— But you will be ready to say, what was your hope in doing this? — What did you look forward to? — To any thing, every thing — to time, chance, circumstances, slow effects, sudden bursts, perserverance and weariness ... Every possibility of good was before me, and the first of blessings secured ... — from Emma, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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August 11, 2011

Of enough




You are made of almost nothing
But of enough
To be great eyes
And diaphanous double vans;
To be ceaseless movement,
Unending hunger,
Grappling love.


Link between water and air,
Earth repels you.
Light touches you only to shift into iridescence
Upon your body and wings.


Twice-born, predator,
You split into the heat.
Swift beyond calculation or capture
You dart into the shadow
Which consumes you.


You rocket into the day.
But at last, when the wind flattens the grasses,
For you, the design and purpose stop.


And you fall
With the other husks of summer.

The Dragonfly, by Louise Bogan

I don't deliberately read poetry very often anymore, though I used to, and every once in a while I'm reminded that (and why) I should.

{poem from this morning's The Writer's Almanac and image from Etsy}




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