close up photography of dragonfly
Photo by Ashutosh Sonwani on

“the way a dragon flies” by Sophia Cao

It was raining.


An innocuous fact, used for dry conversation starters

or to distract your mind from the

grief in life.


driving 75

outrunning the inevitable


Do you see how the rain falls down the backseat window?

it never travels in a straight line:

zigzags for the fainthearted or

the fierce.


A droplet falls,

curved from the wind.


Do you remember that sunny February morning?

you hated getting up early

putting on garments that itched

just to go to a festivity

that frightened you.


Do you remember the sticks they held?
up and down and around to

make the paper monster dance.

red and yellow and orange

intricately crafted into sentience.


Do you remember the people there?

curved smiles like no other as they danced and sang

to the rhythm of the drums.

it was contagious

and you were smiling too.


The dragons took to the sky on their journey forward,

beckoning you to join as they spiraled into the sun

around and



you watched and did nothing to follow


A droplet falls,

curved from the wind.


In the midst of it all,

dragons flew.


A droplet falls,

straight down the window.


do dragons fly the way they used to?


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