Now let’s have another try

To love the giant Dragonfly.


Stand beside the peaceful water.

Next thing – a whispy, dry clatter


And he whizzes to a dead stop

In mid-air, and his eyes pop.


Snakey stripes, a snakey fright!

Does he sting? Does he bite?


Suddenly he’s gone. Suddenly back. A

Scarey jumping cracker –


Here! Right here!

An inch from your ear!


Sizzling in the air

And giving you a stare


Out of the huge cockpit of his eyes - !


Now say: ‘What a lovely surprise!’


from the collection ‘The Cat and the Cuckoo’