Protocol of the Dragon

Dragon 02 webWhen meeting a dragon for the first time
there is a protocol to be followed.
Fiery breaths at a hundred paces,
and a returning of anything that has been borrowed.

At 50 paces they unfurl their gossamer wings
and thrash to birth a thunder storm.
Then they ride the lightning and the rain and the fury,
on and on, until the dawn.

Dragon 04 webAt ten paces their hyacinth eyes
may well flutter and wave and tease;
Dragons are not bound by our stereotypes
and will do whatever they damn well please.

Nor are Dragons afraid to cry,
their tears are yellow fractal lights…
that mesmerize and hypnotize and
seduce with a strange delight.

Dragons live in worlds we cannot see,
great lava liquid eyes windows to tomorrow.
And if you meet that gaze – then one of these days – you’ll hear:
“I have something i think you ought to borrow…”

Dragon 05 webOh beware what you borrow from the Dragon’s horde,
for it will be powerful and peculiar…
passionately inspired but foolish to desire;
Dragons have a dangerous sense of humour.

Dragons are born of air, fire and magic.
I’m told there’s water and earth in their too.
And their wisdom is equal parts insight and nonsense.
But which is which? And which one is true?

Dragon 06 webIn a maze of mirrors – waiting for dinner –
the coiled snake skin emperor resides.
No mirror can catch him, and no human eye can match him,
and he whispers: “I think you’re ready to be taken for a ride!”

© Brendan O’Shea 2015.

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