Darter Dragonfly.

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A tracery of fine parts
lit by the sun.
It wears its beauty lightly,
slipping through the cool air,
dancing out a short life.
Barely there,
back and forth,
here and gone.

Engineered by nature
for zero tolerance.
Nothing ugly,
nothing needless-
exuberance contained.
Barely there,
back and forth,
here and gone.

A flash of perfection
when seen on the wing.
A moment of gracious stillness
when set down at rest.
A fleeting gift.
Barely there,
back and forth,
here and gone.

 

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