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Legend of the Dragon Breath - Part 5

Updated on January 29, 2012

Now let us go back

to what has transpired,

This story of a dragon

fit for a tragic satire.

Losing its gold

it rampaged the land,

Went into a castle

burnt everything that it saw stand.

The Gods knew what was happening

and the people cried for help,

Efforts at reclamation

resulted in scorched earth.

Attempts at restitution

proves futile at the best,

Tries at reparation

was inutile much the less.

The once flourishing land of Lasia

is now stricken by a scourge,

The court that once held power

laid to waste by a serpentine splurge.

Armies fought and perished

most just simply fled,

Perhaps in search of other kingdoms

ones that were not accursed.

And the King, the once proud emperor

no longer knew what to do,

Everyone in his council

failed him through and through.

Only the occasional suggestion

of one such noble fool,

Whispers of mad ideas

words that were often cruel.

“We should feed it with our cattle

indulge it with our sheep,

Let it feast till it is weary

then we strike when it is asleep!”.

The King jumps at the suggestion

proclaiming the idea as his own,

He was desperate enough to gamble

all his remaining pawns.

And so the proclamation was carried

to an unfortunate pastor who tarried,

At the docks of the Mesogeios he was parried

redirected from boarding his fleet.

The farmer was promised payment

and was forced to handle his creeps,

His herd of bovines ushered

along with his ovine sheep.

The shepherd was so frightened

as he entered the portcullis gates,

It smelled of burnt out sulphur

it reeks of deep charred flesh.

The misfortunes of those inexperience

he knew was soon to be his fate,

For the dragon was a tyrant

and here he was likely the bait.

Soldiers filed in formation

a hundred feet or more,

They waited in consternation

huddling and clanking in their armour.

A flash of purple and crimson

as flames erupted around,

Dark smoke rose from the castle

but not a scream not a bleat not a sound.

Author's Note

Mesogeios is the old name of the Mediterranean sea,

the setting of Lasia is a country in somewhere around Turkey


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      cebutouristspot 5 years ago from Cebu

      @Deborah Brooks - Thanks for your kind words :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is an awesome poem, I love your style of writing.

      it really is amazing



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      cebutouristspot 6 years ago from Cebu

      @Brett.Tesol - Making it up as I go :) Plan to write a 10 part series. I already have an ending in mind though.

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Once again, awesome. Are you making these up as you go, or do you have them written out in an entire story? There is definitely an art to this style of writing, one you have truly mastered!

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      cebutouristspot 6 years ago from Cebu

      @gypsy - Yup dragon are smart but full of pride. I remember before a poem I read that a dragon will more and more treasure to its hold but will still seek the particular one that it lost :D

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      As always awesome. Some thoughts on the nasty dragon - just perhaps it's not hungry, perhaps it is smarter than anyone else and knows what they plan, perhaps it's gone on a vegetarian diet and finally why can't someone at least give a share of the gold to that darn dragon to appease it???? lol But I do like reading this series very much. Can't wait for the next round.

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      cebutouristspot 6 years ago from Cebu

      @tiagoz - Am glad that you continue to love my series :D

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      tiagoz 6 years ago

      I`m loving it!