She rises up from the depth of the lake.

Colourless, insignificant.

Hovers above the water sunbathing in her own reflection.

Chinese papery translucent wings put to the test.

Light refraction.

Colours emerging.

Transition over the water.

Her first flight, a beguiling spectacle of iridescent colour and light

                Behold the dragonfly.

                              ©   Gloria Maloney