Choose the Dragon

by flammeusgladius

Choose the Dragon

 

 

“The infant child is not aware
it has been eaten by the bear.”

 

 

–Housman

 

 

I chose the dragon, mister, not the bear.
The mythological is predatory
beyond the dreams of nature. In an air
than no one breathes, the flying serpent’s story
unfolds in all its wild, fictitious glory.
In many lesser versions, there’s a knight.
I myself do not like that category.
The story’s end should never be in sight.
The fiery worm should never see the light.
At any rate, the tale I’ve opted for
doesn’t include an all-redemptive fight
where advocates of good are keeping score.
A dragon ought to stay in fine repair,
as innocent and deadly as the bear.

 

 

–Tom Riley

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