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          Devil’s Darning Needle
          By Hugo DeSarro

          Dragonfly rigid on the fence,
          on tiptoe like a weathervane;
          horizontal wings of gossamer
          move back and forth in unison.
          Giant-eyed, you dart from link to link,
          stopping, starting in air,
          returning always to a chosen spot.
          I reach to touch and unafraid,

          annoyed, you sidestep in the air.
          Sinister sewer of ears and lips,
          with an awesome name
          and fearsome reputation,
          I find you gentle and benign.
          What brings you from the marshes
          on this warm and sunny day,
          naked and without your myths?
          Must I pretend to cover ears and lips
          to give you satisfaction?

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