On a wing and a poem


You may glare
And cry “Unfair!”
I do not care.
I will not share.


A damselfly in no distress
Pauses now to take a rest.


Pink-purple funnels,
A hovering visitor:
Summer encounter.


[Previously: Garden haiku; more poetry.]

10 Responses to On a wing and a poem

  1. Sean Jeating says:

    Obviously a fine ride you had, Stan … on the winged horse.
    Ha, and the third photo!

  2. Claudia says:

    Superb! Nature follows your words and wishes, Stan.

  3. Excellent stuff Stan!

  4. Stan says:

    Sean: Yes — a fine ride that should last a lifetime (without taking me too close to the sun, I hope).

    Claudia: Merci, mon amie. C’est une idée charmante, mais la nature fait ce qu’elle fait, et j’ajoute seulement quelques mots et rien de vœux.

    Jams: Thank you! The birds were in Galway; the insects were in Mayo.

  5. Tim says:

    Aha, crows really do seem as if they are glaring, don’t they. Then, like magpies, they swoop down to steal your watch, their beady eyes showing no emotion. For they do not care, as they glare. :p

    What is the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly? Beautiful insects, both of them. I recently posted some pictures to my blog from the dragonfly park we visited (under bad weather conditions, unfortunately). They often rest, don’t they? Coming to sit on a stem before flitting back and forth over watery habitats.

    The (foxgloves?) look beautiful. They will often invite little black and yellow visitors. The wonderful sense of nature, where the flowers and the bees work together to keep the world flowing as it should. ;)

  6. Stan says:

    Tim: I wonder whether a crow has ever stolen a watch. They’re attracted to shiny things, and have probably taken the occasional ring, but they seem to be burdened with a reputation for thievery which seems overstated, if not entirely unfair. Still, they wouldn’t care about that either.

    Dragonflies and damselflies are two suborders of the order Odonata. Their differences are summarised here. They’re very fond of resting, yes! Impressive in the air, too, but trickier for an amateur to photograph.

  7. Tim says:

    Stan: Thanks for the link. there are a lot of dragonflies in Japan. Quite often with similar species, the Japanese do not differentiate.

    For example, a rat and a mouse are both called nezumi, and I wouldn’t be surprised if both damselflies and dragonflies were called tonbo.

    Of course, in all languages there are homophones. You just have to take words in context (especially with a Kiwi accent when it comes to words such as bear, beer, bier and bare, which we pronounce exactly the same).

    Well, at least there are different words for these three similar birds of prey: hayabusa (falcons; most notably peregrines), washi (the noble eagle; I think it is also the name for a type of paper, though different kanji as with most Japanese homophones) and tonbi (hawks, of which there are plenty around these parts. Not to be confused with tonbo: dragonflies :p).

  8. Jo says:

    Crows give me the creeps…(they are crows in the photo, right..?)

    Un oeil brilliant,
    un coeur vaillant;
    Un ange de morte,
    qui crie à la porte.

  9. Stan says:

    Thank you for the poem, Jo! C’est charmant. The bird on the left is a jackdaw, part of the crow family; on the right is a blackbird. Crows don’t bother me, but I see how they might unnerve people.

  10. Jo says:

    You’re welcome, my pleasure.

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