The Story of my Blog Title

Quilt of Dragonflies- My blog is named that for a reason.I am lucky enough to own a genuine Quilt of Dragonflies, which I am sure brings me good dreams when I sleep beneath it. It was given to me by a friend of my mother's, who handmade the entire thing. Color meets pattern in this fantastic piece of artwork which sits on my bed. Brilliant shades of purple, blue, and green intersperse with tie dye dragonflies. I will not hesitate to call it my inspiration.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"Get thee glass eyes;
And, like a scurvy politician, seem
To see things thou dost not."
-King Lear


Sleepiness is a
Thick fog, a cloud of pea soup
Full of smog and dreams

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
Upon thyself thy beauty's legacy?"

Panic on the Water

Sheets flapping
Shrouds thumping
Heart pounding
Wind howling
Tiller creaking
Hull tipping
Full on panic


Unexpected calm which
Cools the heat of
The wind is a
The bow is

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world
That has such people in't!" 

-The Tempest


Suddenly there's a
Moment of revelation
An epiphany

Monday, June 27, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"Together with that pale, that white-faced shore,
Whose foot spurns back the ocean's roaring tides,
and coops from other lands her islanders."
-King John


the sun was shining on the surface
glinting in the light
and all who were present had decided
it would be a beautiful night

the shrouds were billowing in the wind
the mast glistening in the sun
and all who were there in the boats
were having lots of fun

roll tack with your back to the waves
jibe around and count to ten
dip in and out of the clear blue water
then do it all over again

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"How sometimes nature will betray its folly,
Its tenderness, and make itself a pastime
To harder bosoms!"
-A Winter's Tale

Summer Bummer

Even in the depths of summer
Vacation can be a bummer
Working hard at something small
Does it even matter at all?
Sometimes it seems worse than school
What does it take for summer to be cool?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"We are gentlemen
That neither in our hearts nor outward eyes
Envy the great nor shall the low despise."
Feelings shattered like
A vase which topples downward
Loneliness ensues

Friday, June 24, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"Fare you well, your suit is cold."
-The Merchant of Venice


Steel wool is the clouds
A mundane kitchen item
Adorning the skies

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"I do love nothing in the world so well as you. Is that not strange?"
-Much Ado About Nothing
Palm trees
Scraping their fronds against
The sky
Blue as the abandoned shell
Of a Robin's egg

The sky is charcoal
A slate grey which
Feasts on the weakness of people's minds
Rain spits down
In contempt
I wonder why I
Returned home

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"He that is proud, eats up himself: pride in his own glass,
his own trumpet, his own chronicle."
-Troilus and Cressida


The sand rubs between my toes
Coarse yet somehow
reassuring, it's the thing that will
Always be there
The rocks made from the
heat at the center of the
earth that were
tossed in the cool seas for
thousands of
Things change, they form
new and different things but
they will always be there as
Something a simple
grain of sand

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"Flout 'em, and scout 'em, and scout 'em, and flout 'em;
Thought is free."
-The Tempest


Flurries of color
In the cool green of morning

Monday, June 20, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"Beauty is bought by judgement of the eye,
Not utter'd by base sale of chapmen's tongues."
-Love's Labour's Lost

Queen of the Sea

Over the waves and out of sight
There sits a woman dressed in white
Her auburn hair streams 'cross her face
While just behind her, dolphin's race
The sea can froth at the touch of her hand
And foaming horses charge the sand
She is the daughter of the moon
She is the queen of sea and dune

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"I am that very wanderer of the night"
-A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Beach

Warm sand tumbles beneath my toes
While overhead a cool wind blows
I cannot find the right words to say
How much fun I had today

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"A friend should bear his friend's infirmities."
-Julius Caesar


excitement fills
the air like electricity
sparking and
it is the fuel of
many happy adventures to come

Friday, June 17, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee to me."
-Sonnet XLIII

Forging Ahead

This end of the year poem is dedicated to all of my dear friends who I will not see next year. I wish you all a wonderful summer and the best of luck next year. You all mean so much to me!

behind my smile
under my face
lies tears
they sit in wait for me
ready to pounce
heartfelt goodbyes
ring in my ears
echoing in the emptiness of my heart
a new horizon
can be seen in the distance
but the daylight seems so far away
closing one door
opening a new one
excitement fills me
but so does fear
unwillingness to let it all go
the two years I spent
walking through the halls
past orange lockers and giggling friends
am I ready to let it go? 
soon the memories will fade from
sharp and fresh to 
a golden haze
can I discover a new path through the jungle
forgoing ones that already exist?
the iron shield that 
shrouds my emotions feels
true friends give me
smiles hugs goodbye and promises
to keep in touch
this is not just a summer I am moving towards
this is forever
Can I succeed? 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"It is held
That valour is the chiefest virtue and
Most dignifies the haver."

Inspiration from an unlikely place

Inspiration calls a
Clear trumpet blast
Is that the beating of a drum or just
Your heart racing to the beat
As a racehorse
Charging down the track mouth frothing eyes glistening wide open
Hooves thump down and crunch the ground
Is that the jazzy melody of a saxophone?
Straining to be heard in the dreamy city
Vying for a spot in a world of competition
Or is it another whisper on
The wind?
Can your ears pick up the
Sweet notes of a harp
The charmer, coaxing a small smile
To begin and slowly spread
Where is the music in
The barren stretch of your
Is it hiding in the tall grasses swaying in the
Winds of thoughts that flow through your mind
Buried beneath the rocky soil, the grubby ground?
Take up your rusty shovel which may
Cut your hands and infect your
Senses. Take up that shovel and
Begin to scrape away at the dirt
Keep digging even after your fingers start to
Because buried somewhere in the thousands of miles under the
Earth is your
The harp, the saxophone, the racehorse with his galloping feet
They are waiting

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"No more, no more! Worse than the sun in March,
This praise doth nourish agues."
--King Henry IV

Self Doubt or Being Metaphorical

Self doubt
Diving into a pool
You stand with your
Damp toes
Over the edge ready to
Dive into the
A clammy hand grasps
Your stomach and your
Brain is under siege from
So many different angles
Your cold fingers are
Grasped behind your back and your
Limbs tingle in an eerie way
You squint your eyes and
Scrunch up your face preparing
For the final leap

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"New customs,
Though they be never so ridiculous,
Nay, let them be unmanly, yet are followed."
-King Henry VIII


Her hair is tangled with the tide
Salty locks rush gently in and out
In and out with the waves
Her pale fingers
Splayed on the sand
Transparent as glass
Her brilliant emerald eyes
Stare inquisitively
Her ruby lips move soundlessly
She is on the edge of her universe
Seashells dot the beach beside her
Pearls as fine as sand glitter from her body
The smells of fish and salt
Linger in the air around her
Gulls swoop over her head
They do not come close
Scales as varied as the sunset
Shine and wink from below her waist
Yet strangely warm to the touch
Her powerful tail begins to flap
Massive strokes wash over the beach
Foam is sprayed in an arc over her head
Then she begins to inch back towards the ocean
She is going home
With one last defiant flip
Of auburn hair
She is gone
Into the waves

Monday, June 13, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"I do love
My country's good with a respect more tender,
More holy and profound."

A Teachers Teaching

My brain begins to wither away
At the sight of my text book
Why couldn't I have a mystery
To curl up with in cozy nook?

Math problems that line the board
Make me dizzy, my legs shake
When teachers teach do they realize
Just what happens to be at stake?

A poor child's future is in their hands
Shining brilliantly like the sun
Couldn't they take a little care
And make some things a tiny bit fun?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears!
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar."
-Julius Caesar


Her single earring gleams in the faint light
Of the cabin
Lanterns sway and the air
Is rank and
Her shirt
Sticky with perspiration
Stiff with salt and grime
Gives off an odor
Of the sea
Her boots tell her story
Well worn
Patched and re-patched
Her eyes sear holes into yours
They are ocean
Blue and
Fierce as a lion
Her smile tells of
Excitement on the high
For one and all

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"I know the more one sickens, the worse at ease he is; and that he wants money, means and content, is without three good friends."
-As You Like It

Summer Storm

Frothing clouds descend
Rain spits from the churning sky
 Lightning splits the night

Friday, June 10, 2011

To Keep the Earth Turning

Sometimes the world starts crashing and burning
Those are the times I feel myself yearning
Why can't the humans start some kind of learning?
That is what's needed to keep the earth turning

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"I am even
The natural fool of fortune."
-King Lear

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"To sleep, perchance to dream-
ay, there's the rub."


Girl in a Corner

A girl sits there, all her cards played
Her bill for life has not been payed
The weight of the world is pressing down
On her tousled head, bringing a frown
The corner where she sits is dark
The thing she needs is one lone spark
To brighten up the awful day
When her worries came to stay

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Shakespeare Qoute of the Day

"Canst thou remember A time before we came unto this cell?"
- The Tempest

Thoughts like Flies

Thoughts like flies
Swarm around my head
Following something
Is it the stench of poetry?
Wafting through the air
Like the stench of rotting fruit
Gut wrenching
Disturbing yet somehow
Something that you cannot get away from
On the other hand
Cookies freshly baked
Bring the ants of thoughts
They are all attracted to my feelings
Those foolish things that shape my character
Also bring in doubts
Those are the insects
Which bring chills to my spine
And so goes the world of my mind
Foolish terrors

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"Like a dive-dapper peering through a wave
Who, being looked on, ducks as quickly in"
- Venus and Adonis


A burble chuckle
A twinkling with silver
Bells bong and jangle

Monday, June 6, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"Why, thy verse swells with stuff so fine and smooth
That thou art even natural in thine art."
-Timon of Athens


A fire on my shoulders
Red flame licks my neck
Cannot soothe
I cry out
In temporary

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"When arm in arm they both came swiftly running,
Like a pair of loving turtle-doves"
-King Henry VI


On a pale blue
Eggshell sky
White dresses
Red roses
Penetrate deep into my senses
Stark colors
Stand out in my vision
The simple green of the grass
Against the complex
Patterns on my skirt
Reflects my life
Yet complex
Tug at my core
Words of love
And hope
Shines bright on the horizon
As they disappear over
The hill into

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"O! She doth teach the torches to burn bright!"
-Romeo and Juliet


Yawn, silent gurgle
Eyes droop closed, mouth is quiet
Time to go to sleep

Friday, June 3, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie"
-All's Well That Ends Well


Through an open window you drift
Sifting through the air
A dusting
Falls onto my head
In my hair
It sinks
Into my mind
Your light
Your happiness
Infuses me with energy
I rise
And walk to the window

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool."- As You Like It


A crazed run
Dazedly I twist and turn
Players try to stop me
But I am a tornado
Ducking and dodging
An opportunity
A shot
And one long
Swish of net

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Shakespeare Quote of the Day

"The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name"
-A Midsummer Night's Dream

Unspoken Word

An unspoken word
Drifting in the space between us
You reach out your hand
Try to touch it
But the thought flits away
Too fast
I snatch the word and grasp it
With sweaty palms
It is my prisoner
Ready to obey
My command