The Dragonfly

     Close to Lyra’s seat
a sandy cinder path leads through
an early autumnal cool
of blown beeches laced
with the scent of corruption.
The split shot of mica blue darts,
its helicopter body zigzagging
like a deranged pinball,
held aloft by pulses of air,
the gossamer flight gels
into a fine grey Möbius strip.

(Lyra is the heroine in Philip Pullman’s wonderful
trilogy Dark Materials.
The featured image is “blue-eyed darner hovering over lily pads” by
Andrew Reding)

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