For three hundred million years,
these wings have seen no fears,
per second beating thirty times,
in a flash they can change gears.
Flying six ways or levitating,
sweeping skies eagerly waiting,
mid-air is where the action lies,
be it baiting or for mating.
For ages we have had a connect,
your culture giving us respect,
as symbols on olden artifacts,
our vigour and valour do reflect.
But now our habitat’s receding,
limits that you are exceeding,
tons of mosquitoes devoured a day,
beware, we will just stop eating!
[In pictures: Ground Skimmer (Diplacodes trivialis), aged male; Aarey Forest, Mumbai]
– Narendra Nayak © 2019