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I am he as you are me

When the night wind changes course
sending breezes from the north,
when farmer's fields lie brown and fallow
and empty ropes swing from the gallows,
when children's faces are drawn and gaunt
and earth-bound spirits wail and haunt,
when eagles scan the barren snow
and field mice shiver deep below,

The dragon stirs deep in his lair,
the townfolk sense him with despair,
the mountain rumbles as he wakes,
he spreads his wings, the valley quakes.

He snorts and breathes a sulphur fire
and eyes his cache with dark desire,
gold and gemstones line his cave,
a sea of diamonds with emerald waves.

The trees are black against the snow,
one warrior stands to face his foe,
chain mail clanking, his sword is honed,
he goes to face his fate alone.

Fire breathing, wing-spread vast,
the warrior is at first aghast,
the dragon's chest and stomach, too,
shine with gems of multi-hues.

He'd slept so long upon his loot,
he wore a jewel-encrusted suit.
He saw the warrior's weapon glint
and chuckled at this innocent.

The dragon swooped and breathed his breath,
the warrior smelled the scent of death.
Many times the dragon dove
and set aflame the fields and groves.

Lost in this game, he gave no thought
to the warrior who mattered naught,
and as the dragon flew by low
the warrior drew his mighty bow.

The bow and arrows were Elfen-hewn,
inscribed with words in ancient runes.
The warrior held his breath and aimed
and steeled himself against the flames.

The dragon saw the arrow cocked
and turned his head, their eyes were locked.
The arrow's flight was straight and true,
into the dragon's eye it flew.

The warrior was elected king,
he wore fine jewels and heavy rings,
but though he tried, he found no peace,
he'd formed some strange bond with the beast.

The corpse was plucked clean of its jewels
and all the people danced like fools,
though he was king of hill and glen,
they never saw him smile again.

Copyright © Danielle White

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  1. Date: 7/6/2010 1:06:00 PM
    Hey Danielle,Congrats on your well deserved win in Tirzah Conway’s contest, you are such a wonderful talent here. Keep up the great work as I wish you many more win in other contests. Please keep your passionate pen flowing. Great you! Love Adeleke

  1. Date: 7/6/2010 4:50:00 AM
    Congratulations Danielle on your win in Tirzah Conway's contest "Fantasy". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/5/2010 3:08:00 PM
    Wonderful story about Dragons! Congrat's on your 7th place win in my contest!~Tirzah~

  1. Date: 1/30/2010 4:37:00 PM
    I love it , what an awesome poem

  1. Date: 1/29/2010 6:35:00 PM
    This one finally featured. Congrats. Hey! GO SAINTS!! I like Manning but the Saints never won one. Vince

  1. Date: 1/28/2010 7:40:00 AM
    Very good Danielle... I see you are acquainted with the dragon and then some..Express yourself Danielle and never stop and never look back...AR

  1. Date: 1/25/2010 7:56:00 PM
    Up to Par feature Danielle. Congratulations. Sincerely, love Moses

  1. Date: 1/25/2010 11:21:00 AM
    Danielle - congratulations on another fabulous featured piece. Many rgds Janette

  1. Date: 1/25/2010 8:27:00 AM
    Congrats on your feature poem this week Danielle Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 1/24/2010 10:31:00 PM
    Danielle, you have an impressive body of work to your credit, and this one is excellent. We create story upon story in this world, but the underlying truth is that we are all one, individuated experiences of the One God. On a soul level, your fictional warrior king knew that...your story illustrates the truth very well. Congratulations on being featured. Many blessings, Linda

  1. Date: 1/24/2010 9:15:00 PM
    Congrats Danielle on your featured poem on the Soup this week.. beautiful choice.. luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 1/24/2010 4:36:00 PM
    congrats on the featured poem,

  1. Date: 1/24/2010 1:49:00 PM
    Many congratulations in you deserved featured poem this week, Danielle >> James

  1. Date: 1/24/2010 1:33:00 PM
    Congratulations are your well deserved featured poem this week Danielle. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/4/2009 1:24:00 PM
    Amazing poetry! Three poems in semi's, outstanding! Love Light Truth Patty

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 3:25:00 PM
    Congratulations on your 3 poems making it through the first round.Wishing you the best in the finals Danielle. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 1:44:00 PM
    Triple congrats for having three poems make the first cut in the contest, Danielle! Luck and love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 9/24/2009 12:45:00 PM
    Danielle, congratulations in getting past round one of the competition >> James

  1. Date: 11/6/2008 7:59:00 PM
    This was awesome. I'm taking for granted that the warrior wasn't a liberal. otherwise he would have enjoyed his stint at the top. After Clinton left, the interns could smile again. This one goes into my favs. Vince

  1. Date: 11/3/2008 7:38:00 AM
    I love this piece which is filled with imagery and depth. The entire poem reads so well and it transported me to another time and place. well done.