The Sandbox Writing Challenge 2018 — Exercise 26
What makes life magical? For me it’s magical when I read my “My Dragon” poems to my friend’s children, as they sit down around me, and listen intently to my every word, yes, that is What makes life magical.
A monstrous Dragon, breathing fire.
Did arise from the gurgling mire.
Dark gangrenous green, from head to tail.
Claws blackened, sharp as nails.
Purple secretions, from his scaly chest.
A spear lampooned, a grizzly mess.
Nostrils ablaze, bloodied red.
Eyes seeping yellow maggot heads.
My Dragons crying, and nearly dead.
My Dragon, The Revival
My lampooned Dragon’s, fallen and out of breath.
Gazing around, pleading, near death.
The Slayer’s spear, protrudes from his scaly vest.
And I listen to his pounding chest.
Quickly, I plunge my sword, cutting shard.
Removing the spears horrid barb.
My Dragon exhales a awesome howl.
Eyes bulging, tears flowing down his jowl.
In agony, thrashing his spiky tail.
Then slowly abating, like a windless sail.
Is he dying, lying there loudly groaning.
Nostrils snorting, neither afire nor smoking.
Suddenly, his left-wing begins flapping.
And my Dragon’s head rises, stretching, arching.
Green horns twitching, he’s again my mythical reptile.
Yellow eyes glowing, like glazed tiles.
My Dragon’s revived.
And ready to skydive.
My Dragon, Can He Fly
My wounded Dragon, stands so proud.
His misty eyes, looking to the clouds.
Seeing graceful birds flying apart.
He feels a huge scar close to his heart.
My Dragon bows, and shakes his beastly head.
But his enormous tail feels like lead.
Flapping one wing, then the other.
Dejected he looks, not even a hover.
Nostrils snorting, no sign of fire.
To fly again, his deepest desire.
From within I hear, rumblings soar.
My Dragon angrily spews an almighty roar.
And his gigantic jaws open wide.
A bloodied tongue swishes from side to side.
He swallows and belches another gruesome howl.
A flame burst deep from his boughs.
My Dragon frantically begins to respire.
Again and again his exhales are afire.
And gyrating his heavy green tail.
He spreads his wings like full sails.
Frightened at first, fluttering end to end.
My jumbo sized reptile gradually ascends.
Twenty, then fifty, a hundred leagues above.
Suddenly flying, like a flock of doves.
Magically rolling and frolicking he flies
Happily he shrieks, and swoosh, rapidly down he dives.
Majestically gliding, he arrives.
My Dragon, again King of the skies.
Ivor Steven (c) 2018