‘I thought I saw a dragon fly
Out near the woods today,
Which is the strongest reason why
You need
 to keep away!’


Her warning seemed a silly thing:
‘Such insects do not scare
When on the ground, or on the wing,’
Is what he did declare.

So to the woods he did proceed
Without the slightest pause,
It was an awful shock, indeed,
When he got seized by claws.

 Fernis flaps wings

It shows that one should always be
On lookout for a space
Between two words, so one may see
What really can take place.


This ditty should have ended thus,
But adds the reason why
To finish off without such fuss
Makes what you’d drag on fly.

© Colonialist February 2014 (WordPress)

(Dragon illustrations by Amanda Fieldgate, as appearing in ‘Immy’)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. gpcox says:

    This is cute, good work.


  2. optie says:

    You never fail to amaze and amuze me with your rhymes Col


  3. Very clever, loved it. Sounds like the sort of witty thing I used to read as a kid in my golden treasury of poetry. Photos and illustrations complete it perfectly.


  4. nrhatch says:

    I’ve never seen a dragon fly . . . but I’ve seen a dragonfly fly by a time or two. Good use of space to set the pace.


    • colonialist says:

      Quite a difference that one little gap can make!
      And a fly-by-night isn’t one that is unzipped going to bed. And on a racetrack one may see a horse fly, but you find a horsefly on a horse … all very confusing.


  5. I’m glad you saw them flying. The last one I saw was dead in the courtyard.


  6. Cee Neuner says:

    I would like to nominate you for the Inner Peace Award and The Lighthouse award. I hope you can find the time to participate. I sure enjoy your blog!


  7. I loved this! You pulled me write in with this! Well done.


  8. suzicate says:

    Fabulous, yours and misswhiplash! I love the intricacy of dragonfly wings.


  9. I enjoyed the progression from harmless dragonflies to dragon’s claws, Col. So clever. 🙂 Footsy’s images are wonderful.


  10. cobbies69 says:

    Smiling at the cleverness… love it. 😉


  11. Pussycat44 says:

    My kids used to call them helicopters! Love poems (both yours and misswhiplash)


  12. misswhiplash says:

    when I was just a little girl I saw dragonflies all three
    They were flying in a circle just above the tree
    They were so big, like giants, yes I said they were
    Nobody would believe me. They said I caused a stir!
    But I know that I saw them, I know that they were there
    But maybe imagination made me stand and stare
    Although many years have passed, and I am seventy-three
    I know I saw these dragonflies flying around the tree
    But if you don’t believe me, I shall fully understand
    I saw them flying but never saw them land


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