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Dragonfly Island

July 16, 2021
By Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
147 articles 41 photos 1014 comments

Favorite Quote:
The universe must be a teenage girl. So much darkness, so many stars.
--me


We are asleep at 6 AM on Dragonfly Island in the Mississippi River. A pink July blush has stolen the night. Bodies huddled in worn sleeping bags against the weather, we lie and listen to raindrops from leaves landing on the stiff plastic rain-flap of the tent. The distance we traveled in our rowboats is over. Here we stay, nestled in the log of solemn hush. Late last night, we watched the bowl of thin, filmy stars pour out, as dew poured upon the grasses growing thickly down to the lapping river-muck.

The birdless hush before dawn is perfect peace. Cozy trees begin to stir, elms waking maples and pines waking squirrels. Small stirrings. Cicadas fade. Then comes along a red-throated thrush, a gray Quaker hummingbird, a gull feeding her nestlings. A bird, which our bird-watching geek friend calls a king’s-piper, fetches herself long fat worms for breakfast. Wild violets, trillium, coneflowers, sunflowers, lacy reeds, and marsh grass about as tall as a Goliath, these all stir with life. Life. We are waking into magic as sheer and fragile as a spider-web strung between two trees. It is hard not to hear the love soaring on the wings of the new day’s clouds. A symphony of cheeps and chitters, deep throbbing and high warbling, chirps and chattering and chipping, echoes in our ears and makes us want to live forever.

We brush our teeth on the ground. Roll up our sleeping bags. Wolf down cold Pop-tarts. Sip Powerade from a canteen. Every muscle we have tingles with sizzling freshness. Who cares that we are marooned? We are free, and we will never leave.


 


The author's comments:

For a reader who has never been camping, this is a description of how I've felt in a tent at dawn. Only I've never been marrooned. That's on my bucket list.


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on Jul. 20 2021 at 11:08 pm
SparrowSun ELITE, X, Vermont
200 articles 23 photos 1053 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It Will Be Good." (complicated semi-spiritual emotional story.)

"Upon his bench the pieces lay
As if an artwork on display
Of gears and hands
And wire-thin bands
That glisten in dim candle play." -Janice T., Clockwork[love that poem, dont know why, im not steampunk]

nims island is a girl on an island. she speaks fluent sea lion but has never talked to a human besides her dad. its a pretty basic book, we're reading it in summer school, but you'd like it. it sorta has that peter pan, young forever, no limits feel.

Lydiaq ELITE said...
on Jul. 20 2021 at 10:14 pm
Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
147 articles 41 photos 1014 comments

Favorite Quote:
The universe must be a teenage girl. So much darkness, so many stars.
--me

I'll look that one up. Wonder why my mom never read moon over manifest? We went through all the books like that in my childhood.

on Jul. 20 2021 at 9:46 pm
SparrowSun ELITE, X, Vermont
200 articles 23 photos 1053 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It Will Be Good." (complicated semi-spiritual emotional story.)

"Upon his bench the pieces lay
As if an artwork on display
Of gears and hands
And wire-thin bands
That glisten in dim candle play." -Janice T., Clockwork[love that poem, dont know why, im not steampunk]

oh, i meant to say, read nims island.

on Jul. 20 2021 at 9:46 pm
SparrowSun ELITE, X, Vermont
200 articles 23 photos 1053 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It Will Be Good." (complicated semi-spiritual emotional story.)

"Upon his bench the pieces lay
As if an artwork on display
Of gears and hands
And wire-thin bands
That glisten in dim candle play." -Janice T., Clockwork[love that poem, dont know why, im not steampunk]

ugh at youth confrence a month or so ago I woke up around the time the sun did. this was really close to the solstice. i couldn't get back to sleep.