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A Dragon's Tale

I dreamed of princes and damsels in distress,
While a sleeping giant in a cave does rest.
The dragon slumber with fire at it side,
People are frightened so they run and hide.

With fear in their eyes the kingdom rules
Fire versus the sword are the battle tools.
With a single breath all the kingdom shall burn,
What if slumber is all the dragon yearns.

Along comes a prince with intentions to slay.
The battle is set with the dragon today.
The dragon has wings to just fly away,
Can we understand why he even stays?

Still a battle seems to be in sight, 
Visions of fire burn through the night.
Perhaps the dragon is misunderstood
Maybe he would tell us if he could.

The dragon’s fire waits in the wake,
Waking this giant might be a mistake.
The kingdom’s in peril so the battle is set.
When you play with fire, burnt you will get.

Still they all wish for the dragon to be gone,
As the kingdom burns it does matter how long.
What if the dragon was happy to sleep?
There no turning back when you get in too deep.

I wonder what’s the greater evil or good.
Maybe the dragon is just misunderstood.
As the kingdom burns consumed in fire,
I wonder was this the dragon’s desire.

Copyright © Mark Russell

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