Day’s close—August’s ineluctable heat
avows rain, relief. Above the new-mown

meadow, an aria of wings:
the swarm strafes gold.

The swooping orbits catch an updraft—
fluted notes lift, then veer back again.

Forethought, foregone, dragonflies skim
air like fingers on glass, elocutions that shimmer

and rustle, yield and return,
the tablature in ceaseless shift.

Obbligato: mosquito-static, whine—
those raconteurs of zing lead

night’s overture, second strings plucked
mid-air and mouthed, off-key.

Desire glides along broken chords, death
but one octave below.