Friday, July 23, 2010

where dragonfly and girl meet

He flaps wings as she does mouth;
fast and graceful, taking in the air around us all.
His wings are paper thin and delicate.
Her arms are thin and delicate too.





I tell her to reach out and touch him
and at first she doesn't believe
but then i see faith swell up
like waves fierce, she goes and...





she asks how i know the dragonfly
is a him and i tell her i don't
and then she asks if they bite and
i tell her not as hard as her brother...





Then magic,
a tamer of dragonflies;
she takes him into her world
and she tucks him tightly in her heart  for second split
and then, just as quickly as flesh touched scales,
he lets her go and flies into the blue.









                                                          Copyright © 2010 Alexis Hallum

25 comments:

Rachel said...

Love it!!

We've had some hummingbird moths around here. I love this time of year when God's nature abounds -- for all to explore. Or tame. :)

Annie said...

Hi Alexis,
I love the pictures and your poem. You've captured a wonderful quality of light, and a special experience.

JoAnn said...

ACK! This is awesome. "Not as hard as her brother!" AMEN!
This was super.

julie said...

Beautiful. What a privilege to visit childhood again through the eyes of our children.

Wanda..... said...

That was a sweet moment. I think dragonflies look like they're wearing flight helmets and goggles.

Claudia said...

Alexis - you have a beautiful writing style - and I'm honored you follow me on my blog - and I happily follow back - because as you said - it's great to meet another poet and I'm looking forward to read lots of the poetry you find in the laundry or with your kids or wherever
Such a pleasure to meet you!
Claudia

Snapshotsofhappiness said...

How neat! We play with dragon flies over here too. :) You asked me what was Lightroon...It's a photo editing software from Adobe. If you are interested in trying it you can download a free trial for 30 days. That's what I did and totally fell in love with it! If you do decide to buy it make sure you look into a discount! Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

jinksy said...

A magic encounter indeed...

Jodi said...

Love it, love it, love it

Sam Liu said...

The photographs and the poem both combined make for a true delight. This was a joy to read, your delicate words transported to another time.

emily wierenga said...

oh, this is stunning... i LOVE the pictures, and the poetry is exquisite. you make me want to write better. your daughter is beautiful.

Susannah said...

"a tamer of dragonflies" - wonderful!

What a beautiful moment, thank you for capturing it so that we can share it too. x

Rockin' Robin said...

I love this! Between the story and the pictures you really kept me engaged. What a heartwarming poem.

Carrie Burtt said...

The encounter with the dragonfly captures the moments that matter most in our lives! Love it!

Brian Miller said...

smiles. what beautiful fun...and magic...i love butterflies...so cool he graced her with a landing...

Fenny said...

Nice poem and photos ... enjoyed both!

Kendra said...

THe pictures are amazing, and the poem to go with wonderful. :-) I gave you a bloggy award today, come on over and check it out. :-)

Madison said...

Darling, darling Alexis,
I was so pleased when I read your comment! You are so wonderful. THANK YOU for such kind words. I adore you.

Julie Musil said...

I was all smiles when I read this. What beauty!

Barb said...

Here was my reaction: first, I got the chills and then - as I'm typing - tears in my eyes. Your poem is a perfect blend of magic and realism - the photos add to that feeling. Here is my favorite line: "he lets her go and flies into the blue" because the "he" is so unexpected. Smiling toward you now, Alexis...

keLi said...

"a tamer of dragonflies" ... yes. and kudos to you, mom, for capturing her in that moment.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Alexis..just love the picture and your poem. Absolutely wonderful images: both visual and the ones evoked by the words.

Mohamed Mughal said...

I like the multimedia approach, both poetry and photos! BTW, I just gave your blog the Trendy Blog Award in my latest post. Your latest post here proves you deserve it! :)

Sharp Noir said...

This reminds me of my little sister. It is important to note how small the hands of young children are: the perfect size for catching insects and picking dandelions.

Speak Easy.

Donusho said...

AAAWWW that was so beautiful, i felt like i was watching an animation as i was reading. Thanks for the visuals.