Dragon-Slayer

your fingers trail in the lazy rivers
of my heart
I remember you
I remember you!

you with your troubled past
and a hopeful future
you with the fires of passion
on the corner of your lip
your delicate heart and shy feet
trodding lightly
(you long ago learned
to keep quiet as a mouse)

but you, you have so much
to give the world
oh yes, I remember you
how I longed to rage
against the dragon for you
to rip out the roots of injustice
to baptize you in healing pure waters

in my mind’s eye:
I fought with holy vengeance
sword in one hand
and the terror of light in the other
my mouth pouring forth incantations
of righteous wrath
the dragon reduced
to a whimpering cowering man in the end
but I did not stop
I chopped him to pieces
then trode upon his wicked flesh and
also that of the mangled body
of his weak-minded accomplice
then building a pyre and burning them both
and once done
turning and holding out my hand to you
you uncurling from your egg
standing up tall
so tall!
your chin held high
now clothed in dove white
stepping forward and glowing

yes, I remember you
for your fingers pluck
at the edges of my heart’s banks

[I still have the sword and the light,
shall we go hunting together?]


tara caribou | ©2022

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