Two wings, or: Diptera

A Sijo

razor-sharp aerobatic spins 
with but two (rather than four) wings; 
air movements sensed by halteres; 
alert; steady; thus they steer; 
natural gyroscopes in flight 
set dipteran's head aright 


A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line contains a pause near the middle, similar to a caesura, though the break need not be metrical. The first half of the line contains six to nine syllables; the second half should contain no fewer than five. Originally intended as songs, sijo can treat romantic, metaphysical, or spiritual themes. Whatever the subject, the first line introduces an idea or story, the second supplies a โ€œturn,โ€ and the third provides closure. Modern sijo are sometimes printed in six lines.

d’Verse poetics: Menagerie

At d’Verse, poets are encouraged to choose one (or more) of the following options to compose their poems:

  1. Choose any animal and consider its nature and write a poem about the animal;
  2. Choose a particular attribute of an animal and write a poem that is about the animal but also an attribute that humans exhibit, similar to some of the above poems;
  3. Create your own myth or fable involving animals.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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24 thoughts on “Two wings, or: Diptera”

  1. Your fly sijo reminded me of poems by William Blake, Walter de la Mare and Ogden Nash, who also deemed the humble fly worthy of a poem. I love the way you captured its movements, David!

  2. “air movements sensed by halteres; ”
    Interesting two winged creature


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