Flame Skimmer Dragonfly

Male Red-Veined Darter, Nomad, Dragonfly

A wandering dragonfly pauses to mock:
“Catch me if you can,” he seems to say.
“I’m a loner, the cardinal of dragonflies,
“You won’t spot me again, if I have my way!”

Copyright 2014 Brenda Davis Harsham

Note: This dragonfly was spotted in the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, California. Best I can tell, he is a mature male Flame Skimmer dragonfly. He looks a lot like the European Red-Veined Darter or Nomad dragonfly. I have a Scarlet Cardinal living in my yard, and his black eyes often find me in my garden. This dragonfly reminded me of him, even when I was 3,000 miles from home.

Dragonfly Dances in Three Haiku


Dragonfly dances;
Rainbow wings, shining, flashing,
Magic spins aloft.

Last will come winter
Leaving shadows, memories
Of summer soaring.

Never forgotten
Is the dance of the fairy
In glen, fen and den.

Copyright 2013 Brenda Davis Harsham