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Common darter, horse-stinger, 

                                          black-tailed skimmer tinged purple 
and green—you and your keen-sighted clouds 

                                          of armies can make swift work of marauding 

monkeys. Remember, in prehistoric times, 
                                          you were the largest flying insect, ever. 

Old tales warn: don't fall asleep 

                                           on a damp riverbank, lest the devil's
darning needles sew your human

                                           eyes shut. Free-moving, water-dwelling

nymph, you live underwater more than
                                          a day, until it's time to moult— that

process when the skin splits 

                                          and we wriggle, flimsy, into what
                                          we've been given as wings.

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