Sally Richards

Emperor Dragonfly

Pirate nymph

stalking the watery underworld

ready to strike

unsuspecting victims:

small fish, water snails,

falling foul of your extendable jaws

from beast to beauty

rising from depths

to morph on a lily stalk

till pumped-up

you emerge


Predator on the wing, scooting along,

devouring all smaller than yourself.

Winged crusader,

monstrous mini-beast, defending your domain –

youth versus maturity,

challenging all adversaries

in dog-fights

some to the death.

Capturing maidens,

ruthlessly grabbed by your claspers,

for urgent mating

before time runs out

on your roguish antics.

Life cut short

after ten manic days

on the wing.

Sally Richards © 2008