Dragon Domain

Pelting rain
fierce unrelenting winds
jagged mountain range peaks
carving out the sky sliced through
clouds above roiling in the stew
a mix of green gray blue
electric lightning, too
ominous omens
power of Zeus speaks
for us to listen on this path
our meekness melts in the pelts
exposing our strength through the weak
bones poking out, our muscles deplete
from weeks of traversing curves
and heights, feet bandaged
gauze breakdown
but on we must
we carry this egg, its speckled shell
our goal to deliver to the cave on the hill
the sling we made, we share the burden
traipsing through all manners
of terrain for the cause
for the birth
of this land’s protector
must be assured, the mother dragon awaits
its young returned, taken back from thieves
for their own glory, to use for war
little did they know our fight
would tear them down
in the dark night

Spying our x-marks the spot
we gently unroll the egg toward her nest
giant eyes alight at the sight of her baby back
and her beak, it did tap that shell until subtle crack
with a poke and a wiggle, out he came
scales of iridescent blues, purples
shimmering in dim dusk light
and a stretch of the wings
set him off into flight

over his domain

dragon sight


the night


~ Emily Clapper



This was a poem request from Taruna at Rhythm and the Dancer for “dragon” during my last open topic request session. She was inspired by my poem on castles “Moors & Moats.” It got lost in the shuffle, so I wanted to get it done for her now. 🙂 I love fantasy, and I wanted to write a mini-story.  I hope you like it, Taruna!

Check out her page for her amazing talent. 🙂


11 thoughts on “Dragon Domain

  1. Awesome poem to tale Emily!! I love it… The mix of scenic challenge, the fantasy of dragon creatures and the twist of a story… Your art never ceases to please.. Thank you so much!!

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