This Wing’d Hour


Deep in the sun-searched growths the dragon-fly
Hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky:—
So this wing’d hour is dropt to us from above.
—Dante Gabriel Rosseti

I know. This is a damselfly rather than a dragonfly. Still, the little creature is lovely and blue, and I came upon her (or him) in my garden just after reading Rosseti’s lines. The damselfly really did feel as though she had “dropt to us from above,” and how obligingly this slip of blue posed for me.

If I find a blue dragonfly in my garden, then I will be sure to post the picture on this blog.