Prayer (poem)

Let the pebble learn from the wave
the art of its own shaping.

Let the wave be freed
of its bondage to the tide.

Let the tide know its own power
and yoke itself to my prayer.

Let my prayer take the shape
of an airborne dragonfly.

Let the dragonfly remember
its long-ago flight into stone.


The giant dragonfly ancestor, Meganeura monyi, attained a wingspan of about 680 mm (27 in). (Museum of Toulouse, Alexandre Albore)