Lovely to be included in the Editor’s Choices for the latest issue of The Heron’s Nest. Amazingly enough – to me anyway – this is the first dragonfly haiku I’ve had published!
torpid heat the small breeze a dragonfly makes
– Sandra Simpson, The Heron’s Nest, 18.3
Another nice surprise came through the ether all the way from Angelee Deodhar in India, who created this haiga:
Beautiful photo, isn’t it? My attempts at dragonfly photography are very mediocre by comparison.
The appearance of a dragonfly in Japanese haiku tradition is a signifier of autumn but as you can see from my poem, I haven’t necessarily bothered about that. It might be high summer, it might be an Indian summer, you figure it out!
a round melon
in a field of round melons
– resting dragonfly
– Robert Spiess (1921-2002)
from Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years
Number one on a list of 14 ‘fun facts’ about dragonflies is this: Dragonflies were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago. Modern dragonflies have wingspans of only two to five inches (5-12cm), but fossil dragonflies have been found with wingspans of up to two feet (61cm). Read the rest of the list here.
on mother’s gravestone
something of her
– Jane Reichhold (1937-2016)
from A Dictionary of Haiku: Second Edition
We have a ‘giant’ dragonfly in New Zealand (Uropetala carovei) which has a yellow and black body that can be up to 86mm (3.4 inches) long, with a wingspan up to 130mm (5 inches). Read more about it here and listen to a radio talk about it and our other large dragonfly here (11 minutes 30, not all dragonfly). And no, I’ve never seen one.
tombô no hako shite iru ya kiku no hana
takes a crap …
– Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)
translated by David Lanoue and from his website Haiku of Kobayashi Issa
Another Issa haiku to finish – the cartoon by talented Canadian Jessica Tremblay from her Old Pond Comics collection.