The insects cluster casually
adorned in their honeyed capsules
that glisten in the morning sun
like sparkling golden jewels.

These creatures slumber peacefully
in the crevices of the pines,
with their ancient kauri residue
and microscopic secrets.

They sleep undisturbed just waiting,
as they’ve done for millions of years,
in their cycle of life and death -
these intriguing time-travellers.

About this poem

A treasured moment spent watching the insect.

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Written on October 04, 2016

Submitted by susannaelliott on April 15, 2024

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 396
Words 67
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

Susanna Elliott-Newth

Susanna is a teacher, living near the coastal fringes of the Illawarra Coastline in NSW, Australia. Her environment is her stimulus for her writing. She has published four books of short stories, as well as her own memoir book, and writes educational resources for teachers. more…

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  • jerrywlawrence2666
    A Beautiful Piece About Such A Kool Kreature.
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • Courtnie.mckern
    I thought this was a well written poem! I love dragonflies and I could watch them for hours as they flutter from place to place
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • JokerGem
    They are truly mystical beings.
    LikeReply1 month ago


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