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Dragon Slayers

All around, the smoke ribboned from ashtrays
and mushroomed on the stained ceiling.
There, in the corner, Irving Kanarek glared
like a father watching his children,
but, as children do, they ignored him.
F. Lee Bailey leaned on the far end of the bar,
he was equally ignored,
as barristers sought their pecking order
in a gaggle of egos.
Over the bar a sign hung - "The Bench",
where ironically, the bartender, in jest,
would be asked to "judge" the winner of some petty spat.
Conversation was tediously interrupted as night progressed,
"Objection your honor, he's badgering the witness!"
"Objection sustained" would ring out from behind the bar,
but amidst all the legalese a pall hung
draping down the walls like the smoke.
They must laugh for sanity, because ...
the killer set free who would kill again
becomes the dragon in the room
that will follow them home.

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  1. Date: 8/7/2014 7:52:00 PM
    Wow, Craig. This is a great poem, enjoyed deeply. I am really liking what I am reading this evening in these winning entries. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 8/7/2014 7:11:00 PM
    This is a little like mine with your "dragon in the room". congratulations on a great poem and win. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 8/7/2014 3:59:00 PM
    Very intense and descriptive, congrats on your win Craig xxx

  1. Date: 8/7/2014 10:19:00 AM
    Oh my stars !! Where was I, that I first missed this amazing piece of noir?? Wow..... this poem is stunning with depth, description, and all around creepiness....(in a good way lol !!) Congrats to you, Craig......I love it!

  1. Date: 8/7/2014 6:47:00 AM
    You are amazing, no matter linda

  1. Date: 8/7/2014 4:25:00 AM
    craig, I had no idea this poem was yours, but I was dying to find out who'd written it! it captivated and impressed me from the first reading, and it was very nearly a stand alone 2nd place but I placed joyce's poem alongside it because I thought the two poems complemented each other (I did wonder about the shift in tense in the last few lines, couldn't decide if it should be present or past like the rest of the poem, I'm really not sure, what do you think?) congrats on your win in my contest

  1. Date: 4/26/2014 7:04:00 PM
    gosh, I guess I don't know enough on the topic to understand all the symbolism (the smoke is symbolic, right?) But I know they got some killers off!! Congrats. this is a very impressive write of yours I had never seen yet.

  1. Date: 4/26/2014 4:39:00 PM
    Very good write Craig; makes me feel like I'm sitting right there, participating. The end part....great!! // congrats for the win. // paul

  1. Date: 4/26/2014 8:21:00 AM
    Hello Craig again,,,, nice seeing you on my newest winning list :).. ,Congratulations. <3 Thank you so much for supporting my contest. If you like, -stop by my latest blog "Dinner Date" Enjoy the tiny tribute to all the winning poems. Here's the link, just in case you're one of the new poets. ***Have a Nice Day*** LINDA

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 8:45:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved winning poem.. Hail Yeah! to all the dragon slayer winners :-) :-) :-) *LINDA

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 2:06:00 PM
    This is one of the best in this contest. You really nailed it. BG

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 9:15:00 AM
    Wow.........the twist at the end......this is incredibly "Hitchcock" feeling, and cleverly written with so much atmosphere! Great poem, Craig....should be a #1

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 5:41:00 AM
    Thank you for entering my contest

  1. Date: 5/17/2013 2:44:00 AM
    Well done. Congrats on your win. Rick

  1. Date: 5/2/2013 10:05:00 AM
    To the heart of the matter! Nice shot! Life is really complicated at times. The Dragon in the room is a great line. One I will remember

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 10:12:00 AM
    I love your phrase "a gaggle of egos". lol. Very apt indeed. I think you'd like to have a look-see at my "Poetic Justice", which I had to bisect because of its length. Nice write, Craig. My very best of luck to you in the contest. :)

  1. Date: 4/21/2013 2:12:00 PM
    WOW...Spectacular. I love the last 4 lines especially. Your writing captivated me from beginning to the end.

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 10:08:00 PM
    Wow...I'll double check my locks tonight...nice Craig...

  1. Date: 4/20/2013 10:28:00 AM
    I am not a Judge... so I can judge this... What I can just say is well done to the pen and its barrister~A.O