Speaking of little flying dinosaurs 

October 25, 2017 — 2 Comments


“Prayer in Thanks for the Little Flying Dinosaurs We Call Dragonflies Because
they are unbelievably cool, that’s why, and we casually glance at them when they whiz past, and rarely if ever sit down in a daze and contemplate the fact that they are astonishing miracles, the saber-toothed tigers of the insect world, and they are the most amazing aeronautical engineers and fighter pilots, and they come in all colors, and sometimes on a hot day there are dozens of them in the air all at once, stitching patterns and conducting maneuvers that I would have given a thousand bucks for in the old days when I was a young supple athlete; to move like that, changing directions in a split second, wow! But then my mind suddenly is filled with dragonflies in basketball shorts and soccer jerseys, so we had better close up shop with this prayer, and yet again, for what must be the millionth time in fifty years, thank the Engineer for absolutely first-rate design and construction. What an artist, what craft, what imaginative leaps! And so: amen.”
Brian Doyle in his “A Book of Uncommon Prayer: 100 Celebrations of the Miracle & Muddle of the Ordinary”

2 responses to Speaking of little flying dinosaurs 

  1. 

    Annie,

    I love thanking God for “little” things like this.

    Today it was modern toilets!

    See you tomorrow!

    Katie

  2. 

    I can just see the staggered flight of a bunch of dragonflies in the rhythm of that poem/ prayer.
    (And am pleased to know that other people dribble along and get sidetracked in their prayers too!)

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