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

Colin Dardis Three Poems

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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