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Joan Loveridge-Sanbonmatsu
I saw my first dragonfly when I was six years old. My dad told me that dragonflies were good to have around because they ate mosquitoes. I remember the moment when I wrote this haiku. I was sitting on my back porch, one of my favorite places to write to gather in the beauty of summer.

I have this lounge chair and sit in the shade of my magnolia tree and look out at our long, green backyard. Near the chair is a little table for my poetry notebook and pen. I saw a dragonfly, a deep crimson one, fluttering on our forsythia bush. I caught its gaze and it hovered in the same place for awhile. We watched each other, the dragonfly and me.

In still moments on
my porch, I watch the crimson
dragonflies watch me

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