Seven Ways of Looking at a Dragon

The dragon has a scaled body.
What must it be like
to be protected all the time?

What does it hunt
with its claws?
What flesh does it rend
with its teeth?

Or does it live
on air, earth,
fire, or water?

That sound I hear
as I fall asleep –
is that dragon song?

Do dragons curl up
at night surrounded by clouds?
Or do they sleep upside-down
underwater, like whales?

How must it feel
to have such a long tail?
Do they chase their own tails
when they are young?

Are they born wise?
Or do they learn
like us?

/ / /

This is a poem started last Thursday in my classroom, and finished this morning. Susan Sibbet, of California Poets in the Schools, was teaching a poetry writing lesson, inspired by our talk of dragons, connected with the new lunar new year, and using Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” and Steven Siu’s “7 Ways of Looking at a Butterfly” as inspiration for form.

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2 thoughts on “Seven Ways of Looking at a Dragon

  1. Oh, oh, oh!!!! How did I miss this the other day!?

    I LOVE it! I especially liked the stanza:
    Do dragons curl up
    at night surrounded by clouds?
    Or do they sleep upside-down
    underwater, like whales?

    You should link this over to margo’s post from a couple Tuesdays ago…the prompt wasn’t ultimately about dragons, but definitely started there, and dragon pieces were posted! 🙂

    Again, I enjoyed this one!!
    ~Paula

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