Gianna's Voice



Damselfly by Lori Ballard

Damselfly by Lori Ballard



Paused on the underside,

the damselfly folds her wings across her back

like two matched slivers of isinglass.

Her body, thin as a thorn,

flits by in sepia tone.

She pins her wish to the ridges of a leaf,

then flickers along the edge of a pond,

the night-green mirror of her fairy life.

Her sorrows are wind and a stream gone dry;

she lets herself be blown from sight.

In late day sun, when her wings glint like tears,

she darns the torn hopes of the hyacinth.



*Inspired by the photograph

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