A Question of Geometry by Charles Lyman

The close up of a dragonfly sitting on a white and orange painted wall
Image Source: Snappa

Then the dragonfly flew,

squaring the corner, came

up the ramp toward the door

of the portable classroom —

a low, hovering student enrolled.

She pivoted suddenly, shunning

my handshake and greeting;

sharp corner before flying

back over the sidewalk.  She measured

the smooth cement squares

length by width, squaring

her corners to match

the edges and cracks

between the regular, regimental


Settling in the sun, stunning

emerald and gold, pondering

our angles —

considering the human need.


Charles Lyman studied Fiction and Poetry (and a lot of other cool stuff) at the University of Minnesota. He teaches English in Orlando, Florida where he resides with his favorite poet and their disdainful dog. To read more of his poetic and creative writings visit Life in Portofino

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Charles writes a unique poem involving a dragonfly, geometry, and the human angle. A refreshing perspective of a beautiful insect in a manmade world. I love how the dragonfly incorporates the fundamentals of geometry in its flight of discovery. Makes one think whether humans aren’t the only ones in contemplation.
    Congratulations Charles!

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    1. Portofino says:

      Thank you for publishing my poem! As the real event unfolded, it was uncanny how the dragonfly appeared to be measuring our manmade environment while at the same time taking our measure. I’m glad you enjoyed this poem!

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  2. This is ingenious. I mean, to be able to have a better grasp of the world around you this way, from merely an insect on the move, ain’t that marvelous and charming! Such an amazing read, keep writing more and more

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    1. Portofino says:

      I live in tune with the natural world around me (as much as I’m able to attend to it when I’m not in school). Thank you! I promise I will continue the process of writing; it’s a divine torture.

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      1. Marvelous!! Glad to hear so. You’re much welcome!💖


  3. jonicaggiano says:

    What a uniquely constructed piece of writing. I love nature and the insect world but I don’t think I would have ever contemplated writing the perspective of a dragonfly. This is truly lovely and a big congratulations on your publication in MasticadoresIndia. Yea!!!!

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    1. Portofino says:

      Thank you! But I wonder if the dragonfly contemplates the perspective of you! I’m glad you came to read this.

      Liked by 1 person

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