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July-19-2018 Carol J Phipps

Dragonfly On My Dashboard

Was it a blessing or a sign,
this fragile dragonfly,
who flew in through my car window
this warm day in July?
She hovered near the windshield,
making my heart glad,
Landed on the dashboard,
a handy helipad.
I parked and left the windows open,
certain, she’d fly free.
When I returned she had not moved;
a chill came over me.
With greatest care I picked her up—
It was like lifting air.
What unknown cosmic force
contrived to bring her there?
I bent to study closely
those wings like cellophane,
the lightest shade of amber—
the color of champagne.
Her close-set bulbous eyes
stared blankly back at me.
Was this brief brush with beauty
mere serendipity?
I placed her on a nearby leaf
and thought of those departed
who left us richer for their lives
albeit brokenhearted.

—Elaine Parker Akin

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horse girl 28-Aug-2018 13:02
Life is so amazing, if we take the time to look. Wonderful poem and great picture.
Nancy Gall-Clayton 21-Aug-2018 21:05
This is one of my favorite poems by Elaine. Yes, even a dragonfly can make our lives richer if we are paying attention.
Guest 15-Aug-2018 14:19
Beautifully written showing God's blessings in the smallest of ways. The picture also showed the wonders of God's creation. Thank you both.
Carolyn Bate 15-Aug-2018 14:04
Lovely and poignant words. Dragonfly treasure.
Guest 15-Aug-2018 13:55
These words touched my heart. Thank you.
Marcia Colelli15-Aug-2018 13:28
Wonderful capture with nice details. Wonderful words. V
Guest 15-Aug-2018 13:15
Beautiful! ~ Jen Bixler
Meagan Brown 14-Aug-2018 19:15
Oh my goodness! What a wonderful poem and the image is perfect!!!
Vanessa Chipe Swiggart 14-Aug-2018 17:50
Beautiful and such a great reflection!
Joyce Oliver 14-Aug-2018 03:28
The dragonfly poetic writing reminded me of how God's blessings come in unique ways. Beautifully written!
Guest 13-Aug-2018 15:51
Beautiful words...
Guest 13-Aug-2018 01:36
That poetry brought tears to my eyes. Very touching.
chrisse11-Aug-2018 17:17
Beautiful picture, and beautiful words to go with it. V
CAROL ROLLINS 10-Aug-2018 18:33
Thank you for sharing this.
Nancy 05-Aug-2018 05:04
Agreeing with Tom and others. Poignant words from a beautiful heart.
Tom Munson26-Jul-2018 15:34
This is beautiful. Nice work.
woody3425-Jul-2018 01:14
A delightful shot, that's quite a poignant poem...V
fotabug24-Jul-2018 21:46
Marvelous image! V
Helen Betts24-Jul-2018 20:34
Very nicely captured, Carol, with excellent detail. V.
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