Ode to Dragonfly pays tribute to fact, myth and legend surrounding the dragonfly. Throughout history dragonflies have been the subject of myth and legend. In ancient Japan, they were believed to be the spirit of the rice plant and were welcomed as a sign of a good rice harvest. The dragonfly was the symbol of a great Japanese warrior clan and was believed to bring good luck in battle. In the American Southwest, dragonflies were seen as a symbol of life and were painted on ceremonial pottery. European folklore touts the dragonfly as 'Devil's Needle', 'Water Witch' and 'Goddess' Horse' and the Swedish believed that the dragonfly was used by wood dwelling elves, brownies and hobgoblins.
Today I saw the dragon-fly
Come from the wells where he did lie.
An inner impulse rent the veil
Of his old husk: from head to tail
Came out clear plates of sapphire mail.
He dried his wings: like gauze they grew;
Thro' crofts and pastures wet with dew
A living flash of light he flew.
by Alfred Lord Tennyson