For 1sojournal NaPoWriMo Poetry Prompt #26: Day 26 http://1sojournal.wordpress.com/
dragons, course, become, compass, sail, soul
padded, lock, hides, deepening, conquer, definitions
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
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.