Assembling the Dragon

..

We give her wings, knowing
she will leave us. Knowing she

will take all this glorious bold
jade skin and match it to the sky.

We etch her scales with salt
and sea and sorrow and hope,

knowing she will ache and sing,
knowing she will conquer, smile.

We weave her teeth with words
and wind, knowing she will stretch

out tongue and taste the sour,
savor the sweet. We know she’ll

breathe fire, leave ash in her wake,
wake the dawn with her roar, score

the earth with her scorch-sting. We
feel her heat, her unsprung heart,

the way it stops and starts and fears
no thing. We play with light and dark

and quiet sparks and bright crimson and
small slow indigo sway. We know she’ll

love and hate us. We fold and form and
plant and poem and make her anyway.

..

 

 

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7 Responses to Assembling the Dragon

  1. Sound, structure, imagery–this is amazingly beautiful.

  2. Absolute wonderment.

  3. Shawna says:

    I LOVE this one. Especially that tag that says “raising a daughter.” SO spot-on.

    These are my favorites:

    “Knowing she
    will take all this glorious bold
    jade skin and match it to the sky.”

    “knowing she will conquer, smile” … Without the comma, this means she also has the power to destroy every smile. That’s exactly what a teenager’s like. 🙂

    “knowing she will stretch
    out tongue” … I love “out-tongue” as a verb. Because if anyone can out-tongue you, it’s a female teen. Momma can’t ever win an argument, but by saying “THAT’S IT!”

    “leave ash in her wake,
    wake the dawn with her roar, score
    the earth with her scorch-sting. We
    feel her heat, her unsprung heart”

    Awesome ending too. Totally just flipping super coolio. 🙂

  4. That is one heck of an extended metaphor, De. Wonderful.

  5. play with light and dark
    and quiet sparks and bright crimson

    One expects the dragon to go along its own way. One is not to mess around with those bent on making their own fortunes on their own!

    Hank

  6. Beautifully captured. And isn’t this what “parenting” is all about!
    I love how you used “poem” as a verb.
    My favourite words: “and make her anyway.”
    I am going to share this with my daughters! 🙂
    Because we made them anyway. 🙂

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