Zygoptera: Friday Fictioneers

I struggled with this week’s prompt-picture…then struggled with keeping it to 100 words…then changed my form altogether

For all unfamiliar – join up! – “Friday Fictioneers” is a terrific place to read others and exercise one’s own languaging!

damsel fly


(zygo= joined or pairing; ptera= wings)


I have read of the damselfly

they of paired or joined wings

that lie paralleled and close

in their similarities

unlike others

of a horizontal differencing


it seems we each begin

as only one

lop-sided and clumsy

but eager to fly

flapping, leaping

slipping, falling,

we collide


finding another

and learning to lean

an economy of movement


so we huddle

and shelter

surrounded in pair


we of the joining wings

merging and taking to flight


if only for moments

N Filbert 2012

29 thoughts on “Zygoptera: Friday Fictioneers

  1. Lora

    Lovely poem.. and terrific quote by Eco. It is soooo true. Boomiebol…thank you for visiting and commenting on mine.

  2. This is very profound. I like the way that it speaks of one thing while implying that it speaks of another but without underlining it. Sort of “see it if you can but it doesn’t matter if you can’t”. Beautifully written. Mine’s on the list.

  3. Thank you SO much Doug. You are very encouraging. I had been telling my wife (www.lifeinrelationtoart.wordpress.com) about you as someone who is so generous and supportive of all efforts. I thank you sincerely.

  4. Pretty much – try it out! Madison posts a photograph each Wednesday and whomever would like writes 100 words of creativeness instigated thereby. It IS a good regular exercise and can result in some amazing little things 🙂

"A word is a bridge thrown between myself and an other - a territory shared by both" - M. Bakhtin

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