Broken Wings Still Fly

damaged dragonfly wing

They can. They do. After they break, they can be more beautiful than when they were whole. Sometimes light requires the new angle to refract so perfectly. Sometimes, I submit, the holes and tears are too much to overcome, but just as often, in my humblest estimate, those broken wings still fly. Sometimes I capture the scars, the unique, odd imperfections of these insects in photographs, and sometimes they disappear from the preying viewfinder, and I pull back from the camera to find the insect climbing in belabored grace to the treetops, higher and higher until it finds infinity and all the world beyond.

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