Lost Wings

Dragonfly Wings

by Amy on June 28, 2012

I’ve been seeing dragonflies almost every day lately. (It was almost exactly a year ago that I had a close encounter of the green darner kind.)

I wonder who dropped these? I wonder how I even managed to see these dragonfly wings, tucked among some grass in the garden as I pulled weeds one evening. Finding them felt like finding a small, bittersweet gift.

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Mom June 28, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Almost all the time I realize I am much less smart than my own daughter. Sometimes I am funnier, sometimes I take the time to tap my foot to a snappy tune a little more frequently than she might and I feel the music more deeply than she might. Yet always I admire her. Always I rightly or wrongly feel inferior to her in many ways because although she has her bad moments or days like the rest of us to which she is certainly entitled, for the most part she has it all together to an extent I’m sure. many only dream of acquiring, especially me. However, once in a great while I see evidence of the fact that she is the 6 pound, one ounce baby girl who came from my body. Every now and then I see my heart come to her surface, this time as she holds the wings of a dragonfly long since having found it’s demise. She marvels as I would at the fact that she was priveleged enouth to notice them and she grasps their importance as she holds them in the palm of her hand. And she finds it bittersweet as I would because though they are intricately natural and beautiful, they are a sign that they have been shed and so it is indeed bittersweet. More times than I can count, I am grateful that she is my daughter and that she shows me once in a while that our hearts, though always intertwined in the best mom and daughter way, are more similar than I thought they were, if we are able to see something so intricate and react the same way when to others, these might seem the most unimportant and mundane of things. I am so glad my daughter and I hold the wings of a dragonfly in the same precise manner.


Dewar January 8, 2013 at 6:20 am

I remember when I was a kid I always ran catching dragonflies and butterflies with my little friends. We never hurt them. We caught them to admire their appearance. Such perfect beauty. Dragonflies fly around the plants usually when it’s gonna rain.
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Robert Williams July 20, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Butterflies and dragonflies are both beautiful and inspiring creatures. It always feels nice to see them, they are the sign that life is still wonderful nowadays.


Roselyn June 17, 2015 at 11:26 am

As this might sound unfortunate dropped wings such as these are a result of a predator. A small one, perhaps a Wolf spider, if it were a frog/toad eating the little fellow there would be no wings left. Either way I think it’s a misfortune, because I very much like dragonflies. But this is nature I guess. Cheers!



Pavel Gromnic July 28, 2016 at 11:35 am

Hi Amy. Cool to see you growing patchouli. I’m in my sixties now, and am still in my mind a child of the “hippie” era. A good time, when there was a lot more really good things happening. I hope you stay growing. You look like you’re being s good mom too.
Just remember, there are no do-overs. Love them a lot all the time. Thanks for your site and inspiration. Pavel


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