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  • Fishing on Dragonfly Lake
    by Cynthia Gallaher

    Your low buzz
    sends shivers, scares,
    as you whizz past rowboat
    to tickle my ears.

    Then I remember,
    you don't sting, as wings whirr
    like tiny outboards
    on this quiet lake.

    I see rainbows and pots of gold
    everywhere you dart, hover,
    then again in your enormous eyes,
    that look 'round in a hundred ways.

    You're the friendly water skier
    who churns past, waves madly,
    but unlike him or her,
    you don't scare the fish.

    But you ski on your tail
    along water's smooth sheet
    like a wet paintbrush;
    as fish jump and try to catch you mid-air.

    I lower my hook
    in those special spots,
    hoping, teasing, jiggling the line,
    imagining rainbows,

    Until the fish
    think
    I might
    be you.

    Dragonfly poem by Cynthia Gallaher.

    Cynthia Gallaher is the author of three published poetry collections, including "Earth Elegance," poems about animals and the environment. The Chicago Public Library lists her among its "Top 10 Requested Chicago Poets."
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