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Learning from Honoured Citizens of Summer: Episode Two

July 15th, 2023 by Michael Dyet

Dragonflies often hang out around wildflowers although for different reasons than their  butterfly cousins. Wildflowers attract pollinators which dragonflies are happy to have for lunch – yes, including butterflies on occasion. Wildflowers also provide shelter from the weather and perching opportunities for these mini winged dragons.

And so, in these continuing lazy, hazy days of July, it seems appropriate to once again show off some of these honoured citizens of summer in tandem along with some quotations that elegantly portray how they bring joy to our lives.

If I were a dragonfly I would flit through the garden with wild abandon flirting with light and kissing flowers.

Nan Riddle

Deep in the sun searched growths the dragonfly hangs like a blue thread loosened from the sky.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, English Poet, Illustrator and Painter,  1828 – 1882

The beauteous dragonfly’s dancing by the waves of the rivulet glancing… her figure so slender.”

Heinrich Heine, German Poet and Writer, 1797 – 1856

Which came first: the flower or the butterfly? That once again falls firmly into the category of a rhetorical question. The more important question, at the risk of being repetitive, is whether we can learn from the symbiotic relationship of these citizens of summer and use it as a metaphor for our own lives in the increasingly fractious and every man for himself society in which we live.

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