Runner-up in the grades 7/8/9 section – Anagha Valappil’s poem, “Dragonfly”



by Anagha Valappil, from St. Michael’s Collegiate


Welcome its presence 

with silent expectation, 

then claim the reward:  


 a tapestry of colours weaving a kaleidoscopic plait, 

papery rustle echoing from gossamer wings, 

diamond facets perceiving enormity, 

slender needle skimming the water’s surface, 

pincers penetrating dense air, 

aquatic nymph loitering, 

drifting to dragonfly, hovering and swooping; 


hush, do not speak a word    

or whisper its name 

for it will flee on the wind.  



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