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Sleeping Dragons

joanvinallcox on August 05, 2012 03:44

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    Sleeping Dragons

    Yes, this is a nest
    of dragons
    you see
    sleeping in the sun
    above my heart

    They are sleeping.
    That white wisp
    is fog only,
    not smoke.
    And that smell
    is not
    burning flesh;
    the heat
    - only the sun.

    You see, I want
    no knight.
    My dragons dream now
    of the long night
    and other

    Soon they will wander

    I will not be lost.
    I will not be forlorn.

    The dragons mean
    to me.

    (You see, I remember,
    though hazily
    and with what must be
    a foolish fondness,
    their claws, their fire.)

    No, their silence
    imprison me;
    their rumblings didn’t
    delight me and their flames didn’t
    make me sing
    and dance

    as I burned.

    I tell you,
    I do not court
    dragons, pin them
    to my heart.

    I do not sing siren songs
    to knights
    drawing them to my
    hungry dragons.

    I do not.

    by Joan Vinall-Cox, '98

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    • joanvinallcox
      joanvinallcox on August 06, 2012 02:42

      @PierreSweedieCat: Thanks for your feedback. It's a poem I wrote a few years ago, and, sadly, I can't carry a tune, so my singing energy goes into my speaking voice. And thanks for the suggestions - I wrote about how I created the SoundCloud post here -

    • PierreSweedieCat
      PierreSweedieCat on August 05, 2012 05:01

      Awesome! I like it. You have an excellent reading voice! Did you write it by yourself, or do you have a co-author ... or a poem source? Do you sing, too? Well, enough of your time used up! Thank you! .

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