Dialogue With My Dragon

For 1sojournal NaPoWriMo Poetry Prompt #26: Day 26 http://1sojournal.wordpress.com/

dragons, course, become, compass, sail, soul
padded, lock, hides, deepening, conquer, definitions

dragons lair3

Dialogue With My Dragon

Zzo, little one, you have come
to my lair bearing questionz?

Not exactly…more for
inspiration. This poem a day
thing can be exhausting. Tired
doesn’t make good poetry.

But, I am a dragon child, and know
little of making poemz. Zzmoke and fire,
yez, wingz and dragon thingz, I may
zzpeak of, but poemz are zzomesing you give birth to.

Not without your help. You deepen
my awareness of all that surrounds me,
set a course, create a path through
this labyrinth of words and definitions.
Show me how to defend soul against
doubts and fears that would conquer me,
would stop me from expressing thoughts,
ideas, that you breathe fire into.

(She arches her neck, peers down at me
with a coy smile of pride) Yez, theze are thingz
I come to teach you. But, you had to chooze to learn them.
(Now it’s my turn to grin and preen with her).

Perhapz, az you are want to zzay,
thiz could be

your poem for today?

Don’t know if it is a poem,
but it sure makes
one hell of a story,
And thank you.

(She smiles, then goes all serious,
leaning down so that one whirling eye
is level with my own),

Little one? Doez thiz
mean that I too
can make

Elizabeth Crawford  4/26/14



Notes: In my notes, from yesterday, I introduced Marananthaheth, the dragon who occupies my imagination. When I sat to begin writing today, she was immediately front and center, asking the question that opens this dialogue. I typed it in and then got quiet, trying to figure out where it might go. My daughter came in and stood behind me, reading what was on the monitor (she is fully aware of my Personal Mythology). She bent down to my ear and said, “Just close your eyes, Mom. See her, and finish the conversation.” That’s what I did. Dragons are believed to be an enhancement on the Serpent in The Garden of Creation, thus making them even more fierce and more to be feared. The only hint of that connection may be heard in the sibilant hiss that sometimes appears in their speech patterns. The first image is a digital painting I created while playing with colors and the liquefy app in my paint program. The second image is from a children’s coloring book that I colored with fine art pens and metallic ink. When asked, Marananthaheth told me that her Dragon name means to nurture. I believe her.


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32 Responses to Dialogue With My Dragon

  1. Oh! My! God! How wonderful this is! I love it! I need a visit from a dragon, my muse is wanly dozing, trying to recover from over a month of ailments which about did her in……..starting to recover now so maybe Muse will too! Loved this, Elizabeth. So much!


  2. Pamela says:

    Okay, Elizabeth, I love this from the beginning of the poem, to its end. Then the process notes, I have to say floored me. If, I could only hear as you tell, my friend. Excellent work.

    Pamela ox


  3. great poem and fun to share with the kids too 🙂


  4. Jinksy says:

    Love the idea of a ‘hissing’ dragon! LOL Be careful not to get your ears burned as you listen. 🙂


  5. drpkp says:

    Adorable and enjoyable poem with or without the explanation 🙂


  6. julespaige says:

    Very soothing to know that we have the ability to choose to learn from other beings.
    May you continue to be inspired. Cheers, Jules


  7. Sumana Roy says:

    OH LOVE it from the first word to the last….i think i need a dragon too to breathe fire into words….


  8. Hooray for daughters and dragons! Oh Elizabeth, I want to know more about your personal mythology. Is there a book you could direct me toward? No time until June, but then the world of personal reading opens up for me. 🙂


  9. How wonderful to have a visit from a dragon..


  10. Must be fun to chat to a dragon! 😉 Great idea


  11. I love the commentary after the poem as much as I love the poem. “Just close your eyes and finish the story.” I do this some times to quite my ego’s fears. Fantastic write, Cheers!


  12. Oh this is absolutely exquisitely penned! 😀


  13. Sumana Roy says:

    it’s almost like a dream and then you suddenly wake up as the poem draws to a close…aha, this is my second reading…b e a u t i f u l….


  14. Mary says:

    What a lovely reflection. However a poem comes…we welcome it. And this dragon friend of yours – what a delight!


  15. Rommy says:

    Tired doesn’t make good poetry – but fortunately lively a imagination does.


  16. annell4 says:

    Loved all the zzzzz’s. A letter not used often enough for me!


  17. I love a revisit to this poem… what a wonderful voice from your little dragon.


  18. scotthastiepoet says:

    Lovely idiosyncratic piece, Elizabeth – love the playful informality of this too… You pull it all off superbly…


  19. Sherry Marr says:

    I love this dragonly conversation zzzzzzzzzso much! Smiles. Your mythical guides are very wise, my friend. The poem and its conversation are a delight. I loved your daughter’s advice.


  20. C.C. says:

    Love the idea that we have to choose to learn things before they will come to us….it’s our openness that allows for that learning to occur…..brilliantly wise observation!


  21. Susan says:

    SO good to see this again–fun, flirty, and more truth than fiction, I think:
    “Show me how to defend soul against
    doubts and fears that would conquer me,
    would stop me from expressing thoughts,
    ideas, that you breathe fire into.”
    And so, in such a lesson poetry is born.


  22. thotpurge says:

    Sure need a dragon muse…fire breathing preferably!!!


  23. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    I love your dragon – and your beautiful images.


  24. Myrna Rosa says:

    I love it Elizabeth. It’s beautiful how your imagination works, how your dragon blesses you with creativity. May she always be with you.


  25. oldegg says:

    You are so lucky to have a dragon to confide in and assist you with your writing. Has she got any brothers or sisters in Australia?


  26. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    I loved overhearing this conversation!


  27. totomai says:

    I love this fictional dialogue Elizabeth. Even this reader is inspired! Send one in Japan.


  28. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice dragon friend to have, Marananthaheth.


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