(after an image by photojournalist Gerald Herbert)
That little tragedian, the dragonfly, wings smeared with earthâ€™s black blood, stands glued to its stem like an orator. It will never leave this soapbox now. Just hangs there spread-eagled, a wee-Jesus on a crucifix of grass. Some undertaker draped its rainbow in a shroud of pitch, shined its tar-ball shoes, closed those onyx eyes for good. It has become an effigy of itself. It wanted to tell us that it died for our sins. But its lips are sealed. This orator without a speech, ne of the meek, so busy inheriting the earth, it never noticed the evil tide bubbling up from earthâ€™s slit jugular, it never saw that drop of gleaming crude on Judasâ€™s lip.