Immersed in a poem,
I was a lovelorn mermaid enchanted
by vampire squid in fluorescent coral glades.

Raised from the deep by the ring of the telephone,
I looked out at the garden,
dappled green and overgrown.

I spotted it suddenly,
out of the corner of my eye,
the unexpected flash of an electric blue dragonfly.

Ignoring the phone, I was flying away again,
on the back of a dragon,
through a windswept sky,

to the magical ocean, the mermaids’ playground,
where mysterious creatures can always be found.

Kim M. Russell, 25th June 2020

My response to Poets and Storytellers United Weekly Scribblings #25: Well, That Was Unexpected

Rommy is back with a word prompt this week: she asks us to shape our artistry around the word ‘unexpected’. She says that we don’t need to use the word itself, but we should at least incorporate thoughts and feelings around the idea of the ‘unexpected’ into our new pieces of prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction. Mine really happened.

18 thoughts on “Unexpected

    1. We have electric blue damselflies in the US, or at least they look electric blue in the bright sun–the “jewelwing” group–bigger than some dragonflies, though slimmer. Bodies can look black, emerald, turquoise, or sapphire. Males usually look brighter than females. They’re not rare but usually found near clear running water with some debris at the bottom. There’s a post about Ebony Jewelwings, with photos, on my Blogspot.

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    1. You’ll be pleased to know that it settled on the ledge outside my window and I watched it for ages before it flew away.Living next to a river, we get quite a lot of dragonflies throughout summer.

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