Dragonfly close-up

by Kevin T McEneaney

I’ve long admired dragonflies sailing

over pond or creek. They are lightning fast

at one-hundred body-lengths per second,

and their eyes, their gorgeously colored eyes,

field 360 vision with twenty-four

thousand photo-receptor cells catching

two-hundred images per second, as

they consume midges, mosquitoes, or moths,

as well as tadpoles and lakeside minnows.  

About three-thousand species roam the earth.

Their ancestors had thirty-inch wingspans.

A female may lay fifteen-hundred eggs.

We have created cyborg dragonflies

for night-vision, warfare operations.

Kevin T McEneaney

Author of The Enclosed Garden, Longing, and other books