Poem- Requiem for the Dragon

Posted: July 31, 2015 by J.A. Prentice in Poem
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While I’m doing writing inspired by pictures, here’s a poem I wrote a while ago in response to this painting of the legend of St. George and the Dragon. I started off just describing the dragon, because I thought it looked cool, but then the poem got a little out-of-hand and became more than that. Creative Writing does that sometimes if you’re not careful. You never know what you’ll end up with.

Requiem for the Dragon

Legs with rippling muscles

Scaled and green

Three ivory claws, sharp and long

Curling, twisting tail like a writhing snake

Ridged and segmented like a centipede

Two beating wings, shaped like a bat’s

Marked with rings

On the top, white

On the bottom, red

Between the wings, a spiked spiny ridge

A short neck and no arms

A head with horny green ears

Pleading eyes, human as yours or mine

Red-violet gums with shiny white teeth

Canines like daggers- two above, two below

Through them the long, forked serpent tongue flits

No fire in his breath now

No fury

No rage

Blood drips onto grey earth

Little by little

The great worm dies


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