This poem is taken from Stand 219, 16(3) August - September 2018.

Colin Dardis Three Poems
Glasswinged

The glasswing butterfly
is an impossible find

set against the rainforest,
their forewings and hind

are as invisible as rain,
as hidden as Hy-Brasil,

an immaculate near-nude,
imago déshabillé.

The Asian dragonfly
and tortoiseshell beetle

show that all insects
are not created equal

making our epidermides
feel like an oversight

with no invisibility
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