‘To a Dragon Fly’ by Richard Chopping

Here is a poem that Chopping contributed to the Grasshopper in 1931:

O DRAGON-FLY, you lovely thing,

I love to see you on the wing;

Oh, when I hear you whirring by,

I raise an aching, weary eye

From off my tiring, awful task,

To gaze upon your lovely mask,

Your slender legs, your rainbow wings,

Far more pretty than most things.

When you alight quite near my arm,

I love to view your wondrous charm,

And see your beauty, fresh and mighty,

Almost as sweet as Aphrodite.

Richard W. Chopping (aged 13.8)      

[Source: Greshams School]

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