We’re rarely noticed, but still, we’re there
silently, still beautiful, we roam the air.
We have room on your thumbnail we land
or we can be almost as big as a hand.
We exist in every country, all over the globe
and still, even if scientists did plenty to probe
humankind still doesn’t know us too well
that’s why I’m here for a few facts to tell.
Our babies are tiny and live often in water
up to three years where they eat and grow, and slaughter.
They go through transformation before they turn us
some kind of flyer, beautiful, exotic with a plus.
We come in all colors, big, medium, and small
with wide wings, and thin once, short, fat, or tall.
Some scientists have proven, we are about 7,000 sorts
others think, they’re about 2,000 shorts.
With 28,000 eyes, we can see 360 degrees
We can fly in sunshine, in rain, but not in its freeze.
We have double wings, which can make us last
up in the air – and up to 35 mph fast.
We have six legs and none of us is the same
other flyers compared to us, are kind of lame
We’re carnivores, believe it, in our kingdom we’re high!
I think you have guessed it – I am a dragonfly.
(Copyright Aurora Jean Alexander, February 2021)