Inktober: 31 Days of Poems: Dragon

I’m using daily prompts associated with Inktober (artists doing ink drawings) to spur poetry this month. The poems flow from the prompts, though it may not be obvious (at all); and sometimes the poems are revisions of earlier poems that came to mind when I mulled the prompt. If there’s a photo in the post, it was chosen after the poem was written. I’m “showing my work” by offering some of the words, phrases, associations that came to me for each prompt. The poems may or may not have anything to do with gardens, gardening, or “nature” as it’s commonly considered. To see all the poems (once they’re written), check the Inktober landing page.

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Today’s prompt: DRAGON

Some associations: serpent, mythical monster, giant reptile, fire-breathing, symbolic of both chaos/evil and fertility, winged, scaly, combative or strict person, formidable, baneful, dragon’s blood (red resinous substance from fruit of Malaysian palm), frightening woman (dragon lady), Puff the Magic Dragon, to breathe fire, sow dragon’s teeth (do something that inadvertently leads to trouble), dragonfly, Komodo dragon (lizard)



Out of the corner of my eye,
a hapless dragonfly,
in the jaws of a gecko.
The crunching echo
as the emerald reptile
sups its lithe projectile,
a masticating eradicating
of that odonata sonata.
The dragonfly dissatisfied, scissored,
interred in the lizard’s gizzard.

©MMWms 2019

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