6-10 Th.

Odonata Festivity After Dorian’s Deluge

The way a held yellow beach ball
is released from a motel pool,
the sun bursts through
the ocean, splashing light
on pummeled sand.

The morning star
twinkles in cloudless skies.

A pelican glides inches
above a trough.

Over an expanse of dunes
countless three-inch dragonflies
soar, swerve, serenade and skim
above Sea oats in elliptical loops—
iridescent wings clacking, reflecting
and refracting sunbeams. One

lands on the porch railing,
its aquamarine bulbous eyes
see 30,000 images of me

until it flies back
into winged chaos.

I cannot blink.

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