Intricate Dragons

We are so much
more than all these scales
and skin.

See our scorched
breath scald the sky; hold
our quick
-silver moon
blood in
the kite strings of veins.

Taste the truth
of talons.

Set us
        (held, and holy)
free, and watch
us fly.




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31 Responses to Intricate Dragons

  1. qbit says:

    OK, wow — “blood in / the kite strings of veins”. And “taste the truth of talons”. er, do I have to? That sounds like some pretty painful truth there. So excellent.

  2. Ooh, it’s intricate indeed — your descriptions and images are spellbinding just like the mythical creatures. I loved this bit: “hold/our quick/-silver moon/blood in/the kite strings of veins”. So well done.

  3. Candy says:

    oh yes, we all must fly! love it!

  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice lines: “Taste the truth
    of talons.”

  5. sanaarizvi says:

    Wow! ❤️ This one took my breath away, De 🙂 ” “blood in / the kite strings of veins” and oh “taste the truth of talons”.. so powerful! ❤️

  6. Grace says:

    I see this as embracing the whole of us (intricate dragons) – scales, scorched breath, taste of truth of talons. To have that freedom to fly is a great gift.

  7. Misky says:

    Oh gosh, “Taste the truth of talons….” Woweee.


  8. kanzensakura says:

    Wonderful De. Sometimes we do soar above the crowd, don’t we?

  9. Truedessa says:

    Well, you had me at dragons! This was a delight to read. Yes, being free can bring new highs..

  10. I like the “quick-silver moon.”

  11. Janice says:

    The opening lines cinch it for me…the whole poem is ‘delicious’ to read.

  12. Beverly Crawford says:

    What a wondrous skein of delightful phrases. Bravo

  13. V.J. Knutson says:

    Lovely description. Good repetition of sound.

  14. Such a great way to remind us to go beyond surface judgments. Love that dragon!

  15. Singledust says:

    silver moon blood was an amazing string of words, the heart quickens with anticipation from this poem!

  16. Anita Lubesh says:

    A lovely frolic with those words

  17. kim881 says:

    Dragons! Wonderful quadrille, De, especially
    ‘… hold
    our quick
    -silver moon
    blood in
    the kite strings of veins’
    ‘Taste the truth
    of talons’.

  18. merrildsmith says:

    Oh my! This was glorious, De. I love the same lines Kim quoted above–but really the whole thing. The point of view of the dragons–just breathtaking!

  19. getting to know dragons intimately De – love the intricacies of your mercurial moon and the truth of talons

  20. annell4 says:

    Oh, to see the dragon fly!!!

  21. Oh the lyricism and imagery!

  22. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Haven’t read or written a dragon poem in years; what a treat. It seems that both you and I were tangled in talons –me with hawks, you with dragons. I like the ambiguity of your dragons, masking their darker nature.

  23. lynn__ says:

    A fanciful flight, De! Seems to me something unholy in those talons though…

  24. I love the reminder…
    “Taste the truth
    of talons.”
    The dragons know their way…

  25. Teresa says:

    Love the mythic heroic quality of this poem. Nicely done.

  26. Dorianna says:

    Love the mythical dragon or are they only mythical…arent we all more than skin and scales…can we not all soar…love the line ‘taste the truth of talons’…nice poem.

  27. Lona Gynt says:

    Also good advice for raising teenagers, the dragon years. Fierce and marvelous!

  28. I like “(held, and holy) free”. ❤ Thanks for a fun prompt and great Q!

  29. Mish says:

    “Taste the truth of talons”….so powerful.
    Dragons deserve a poem… yours. 🙂

  30. Justin Jackson says:

    “kite strings of veins” such an arresting visual

  31. “Taste the truth of talons” – powerful image, that.

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