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A Different Kind of Dragon Slayer

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A Different Kind of Dragon Slayer

She moans and tosses
He sleeps lightly as always
And quickly is wide awake
Aware of her every move
He knows what will follow
He is ready

The moaning becomes a scream
He feels the terror 
Knows the vile dragon that she battles
In her nightmare
Filled with hatred for the beast
He moves closer to her
“Don’t touch me!
Get your dirty filthy hands off me
“Get off…Get OFF
Stop it!  STOP!”  She  shrieks
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!”

And he gently shakes her awake
Then moves back
As she bursts into sobs
“It’s just a dream…
I’m here….sh….there now
It’s only me!
He’s gone…he’s gone!”

And yet…though every cell
Is dying to rock her in his arms
He holds back
Knowing…she will cringe at his touch
And push him away
If he moves too fast
First he must slay the dragon

“I’ll never let him touch you again”
He whispers…gently moving closer…closer
“He’s gone…Gone.”
He is almost there
“If he EVER lays a finger on you…
I’ll make him pay….
You’re safe with me.
He won't EVER hurt you again."

Her hysterical sobbing 
Quiets down
Almost imperceptibly

She sits up and pulls her knees in to herself
Burying her face in them as she rocks back and forth
Crying....more softly now
“NO ONE will ever hurt you again….”
There…he’s ready to gather her into his arms
She looks up into his eyes
The look of revulsion disappears
When she sees the dragon slayer of her dreams
There beside her…with love in his eyes
Still she holds back...feeling tainted, spoiled…dirty
Her hands running up and down her arms
Desperate to clean the marks
Of dragon fingerprints
Burned into her flesh

He understands and whispers
“You are mine now"…
He holds her hand
"You are so beautiful....
My angel…
I'm"...

And before he finishes
She throws herself into his arms
And holds on for dear life
To the dragon slayer...
Her savior

He doesn't know how long it takes
Until she falls back to sleep
Her even rhythmic breathing 
Warming his neck
His arms enfolding her

There is so much he can't understand
So much of her that he still doesn't know
But he is sure of one thing…
He’d give his everything
He'd give his life
To slay every last dragon
Of her night.

Eileen Manassian Ghali

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  1. Date: 4/29/2013 11:57:00 AM

    Eileen, beautiful and captivating all the way through. Love the ending!

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 4/30/2013 12:45:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, my dear. Glad you liked it! Music to my ears...
  1. Date: 4/29/2013 9:53:00 AM

    Me me me, I wanna be the dragon slayer lol. Another beautifully sensitive write from you Auntie, just lovely. Take care, Richard

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 4/30/2013 12:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Richard...may I be honest with you? You HAVE slayed a few of them already. How? Well, that poem you wrote and dedicated to me slayed the dragon of self-doubt! Your lovely comments and bantering have killed the dragon of low self-esteem I often struggle with. I won't say more...but yes, You certainly are a dragon slayer indeed! :)
  1. Date: 4/29/2013 7:24:00 AM

    This is so good it deserved a second read.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 4/30/2013 12:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    WOW! Thank you, Richard. I'm so honored to have visits from one of my all time favorite poets. :)
  1. Date: 4/28/2013 10:04:00 PM

    wow, Is this about slaying her demons every night. I like that he vows to be her savior every night.... Eileen, thank you for recognizing the comment on Richards poem... I was happy to know the poem and dedication was for you. By, the way I like this story poem. I will read it again. xox~ Linda

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 4/30/2013 12:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    WOW, Linda....thank you thank you thank you! :) You are very good to me. I love it! Please...keep visiting! :) Hugs!
  1. Date: 4/28/2013 3:18:00 PM

    great job! i love the way you've told her story and how sensitive her lover is to her needs.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 4/30/2013 12:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Yes...he is, isn't he? This is fictitious, but wouldn't it be nice if we had more dragon slayers around? Hope all is well with you, my dear.
  1. Date: 4/28/2013 2:44:00 PM

    Very good. I loved this alot. Good luck on the contest, and I love the last two lines.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 4/30/2013 12:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Juli-Michelle. I wrote this before I knew the rules for the contest and then I realized I was totally off track with it! I didn't enter it because that contest is about criminal lawyers. I'm a hopeless romantic. Thanks for the visit!
  1. Date: 4/28/2013 2:17:00 PM

    Well done dear Eileen! You`re indeed an awesome writer:)

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 4/30/2013 12:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Arild. You are sweet to think so...sweeter yet to write it in words for me to see. Thank you!
  1. Date: 4/28/2013 1:46:00 PM

    Very powerful Eilleen! You are truly an amazing writer.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 4/30/2013 12:52:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Richard...I'm touched by this post.
  1. Date: 4/28/2013 1:34:00 PM

    Our demons within and -out oftimes wear the same cloak. Yet another masterpiece from your golden pen, Eileen. Well done, my friend. :)

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali
    Date: 4/30/2013 12:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Delysia...I'm so glad we've become friends. :) Your posts are a ray of sunlight in my life. Hugs!