The 2River View 20.3 (Spring 2016)

Jesse DeLong

27 May 2014

Sat, a dragon-
fly behind a railing.

What’s visible: its wings
a second, hindered

the veined

transparency of wings, humming,

& my consciousness now
recognizing the difference

in layers of light,

& also of my taking
in of the shift

in vibrations,

the wing’s blocking of the green

& of my thinking
on what it means to draw

these particles
in as an idea: humans once


conscious of themselves & so
too has consciousness

like chalk scrawled over
the residuals

of yesterday’s lessons
scribbled itself over its own
markings of making.

Jesse DeLong teaches at Lehigh Carbon Community College. His work has appeared in Colorado Review, Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere, as well as in Best New Poets 2011 and Feast: Poetry and Recipes for a Full Seating at Dinner. contact

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