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Poem of the week: After the Dragonflies by WS Merwin

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A luminous depiction of these beautiful creatures conceals a stark warning of environmental catastrophe

After the Dragonflies

Dragonflies were as common as sunlight
hovering in their own days
backward forward and sideways
as though they were memory
now there are grown-ups hurrying
who never saw one
and do not know what they
are not seeing
the veins in a dragonfly’s wings
were made of light
the veins in the leaves knew them
and the flowing rivers
the dragonflies came out of the color of water
knowing their own way
when we appeared in their eyes
we were strangers
they took their light with them when they went
there will be no one to remember us

Related: Poem of the week: You, Lizard-like by Lynne Hjelmgaard

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