A Dragon’s Ire

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

41 thoughts on “A Dragon’s Ire

    1. Thanks a lot, R! 🙏🏻🙂
      I will be truthful to you – this lot gave me hardly any trouble. I was in the Aarey Forest at sun up, and observed this typical behaviour of these dragonflies. They would settle in one place for a brief instance, then intermittently take off to and try to catch an insect, and again settle down at that same spot. So all I had to do was keep my camera steady on the leaf – the dragonfly would go off and do whatever nonsense it wanted to, and once it returned – click click click! 😄

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  1. Heart touching once again, especially the last sentence – you asked for it, now don’t cry Dengue, Chikungunya, and Malaria…
    These lines bring to life the amazing pictures and what we may start missing pretty soon…
    On another note, have been seeing scores of them around my balcony too.

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    1. Thank you so much, Neelanjana. I shudder to think about the imbalance that will be created if these creatures who keep the insects in check start disappearing – humanity will see a disease outbreak like never before!
      Yes, the swarms of dragonflies can be seen in many places in the west and south now; it’s migratory season and every time they see good feeding sites en route, they pause to feed. 🙂

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      1. I have read a few horrifying articles and scientific journals about the diminishing insect population, which we don’t see / notice and the ecological impact that it’s going to have on the planet and other living creatures 😦

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  2. Your poem is wonderfully clever, and your photo is delightful. I’ve learned the dragonflies habit of returning to the same spot — very helpful for a photographer.

    But I have this thought, as well. If we simply condemn all of humankind, we’re also condemning those who seek to reestablish rational — and caring –approaches to the natural world. Better to condemn bad policies and selfish behavior, and work to change both. It would benefit us as well as the dragonflies, that’s for sure!

    The dragonflies are still flying here, and believe me — as much rain as we’ve had, and as many mosquitoes as have hatched out, those dragonflies are feasting!

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    1. Thank you, Ma’am, for your valuable comments! Yes, I agree that we have to fight the policies and spread awareness. Through our community connect initiatives, a small group of us are already conducting nature walks, seminars and lectures to teach about ecology and conservation. Govt policies is a different ball game all together and we are still learning from the fight we lost in our bid to save our local Aarey Forest from deforestation and development activities. Meanwhile, through such posts, I try to raise awareness of our collective responsibilities, as the human race, to mother nature.

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      1. Thanks for this context, Narendra. I’d not heard a thing about the recent conflict over the Aarey Forest, but now that I’ve read a few news reports, your recent posts are even more poignant. It seems that ‘developers’ are developers, all around the world. Some of their work is good — even very good — but sometimes their work is questionable at best and destructive at worst.

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      2. Thank you so much, Ma’am, for reading up on our struggle with the system to save our forest. “Sustainable development” is a much abused phrase in the growth of any developing nation, and large swathes of the ecosystem are susceptible to fall prey in the race for modernisation and urbanisation. I do not know what the true solution is and where this will lead us to, but the wanton destruction of nature is certainly not going to be in anyone’s interest.

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