Damselfly poem (written 1942)  

from the rowboat I leaned in

to look at it; it was clinging

to a reed the eyes were like  

dumbbells bulging bulbs that 

covered most of each side of  

the head its long tail (notched  

like snake grass) was a soft

lavender marked with smokey  

black its six legs had even hairs  

like curved sawteeth its transparent  

wings webbed down the sides then  

it swiveled its head and flew away

2022 Jacqueline Jackson

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