For NaPoWhiMo – day 14
A Dragon Warrior’s Oath
Has seen him before, pacing
slowly alongside her in dreams,
just beyond shadows. Knows
him to be fighter of dragons, using
lance to right wrongs, strong
warrior who never speaks.
Eyes reaching forward, he
keeps his own council.
Has frightened her in past.
Making her think of fragile
live she lives, how easily
it might be broken, brought
to an end.
Has never seen herself
as fighter of wrongs needing
to be righted. More healer,
preferring words in songs
about soul needing to find
wholeness. Peaceful resolution
taking place within inner person.
Now, for first time, he turns
to her, reaching with eyes,
seeking recognition. She hears
rough voice inside her head,
“Your pen is a lance. Words used
another kind of weapon. For years,
you have honed them to pierce
darkness of ignorance, bringing
light to real world of dragons
that live in human shadows. Lifting
burdens of distress buried deep
in psyche. Releasing from tangled
bonds those who, out of fear,
avoid the dragons that dwell
within. Helping us all to see
what these ancients creatures
are attempting to teach us.
I come to honor spirit of Warrior
within you, the same as that within
me. You and I share a soul. Your
way is bold, Dragon Woman, and I
Nodding, she breathes in his words,
letting them settle, finding permanent
home there, deep at her center. Now
lifts her head, eyes reaching forward,
moves to do as she feels bidden.
Elizabeth Crawford 4/14/11
Notes: Have long believed that the dragons of mythology, most often symbolize human fears and senses of limitations, used to excuse our reluctance to even begin our journey toward soul and wholeness. However, the dragons are there for a reason. Instead of slaying them, we need to confront what we fear, make friends with them, and free ourselves for change and forward movement. I have written about dragons on my other site: http://intuitivepaths.wordpress.com/ if anyone is interested.
Soul Cards: both galleries may be viewed by clicking on image. They were created by Deborah Koff-Chapin, and her site may be found here: http://www.touchdrawing.com/