The whimsical thoughts of an Australian poet and writer
November 3, 2012 in Uncategorized | Tags: art, creativity, haiku, humour, metaphors, nature, poems, poetry, tasers, writing
I love the way dragonflies
fizz with electricity; touch one and
you’ll be tasered.
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November 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm
Hmmm, call it a short poem and I can say I adore it John…
November 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm
I agree, Carolyn; I only called it a haiku to draw peoples’ \attention to it; in hindsight ‘miniature’ would have been a more capacious term
November 3, 2012 at 7:25 pm
Actually, the dragonfly cannot sting, and will only bite if it is held. In German the word for dragonfly is Libelle, which doesn’t sound quite as formidable as dragonfly. Perhaps that is why people in Austria seem less fearful of them than in Australia. They might say “Ah, there goes a lovely Libelle,” whereas in Australia, we might take off a sandal in case it buzzes too close.
November 3, 2012 at 9:32 pm
you’re rigfht, Paul: it’s amazing waht a difference a name makes :)
November 5, 2012 at 11:13 am
thanks for letting me know ya are back! :)
November 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm
No worries :) I guess you gwet dragonflies up your way :)
November 5, 2012 at 11:43 pm
I’m amazed that anyone would want to swat a dragonfly – even with a fierce name. I’ve only ever come across reactions of adoration for these gorgeous insects.
November 6, 2012 at 7:52 am
I apologise if the poem gave that impression: no, no. If you merely ‘touch’ a dragonfly …. I too think they’re adorable creatures and would never think to swat one
November 6, 2012 at 10:12 am
Not at all John. I was responding to Paul’s comment. Sorry for the confusion.
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