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.