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“Deceived” and “The Dragon”

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“Deceived”


Two doomed cities and the warning:
“Don’t look back!”


Yet there on the mountain stands a figure, shocked and still:
Half-profile, hard as rock-salt.
Face and fingers crumbling … Lava-washed:
Lot’s wife who looked …


Heiress to Eve’s rebellious curiosity:
“Ye shall not surely die … your eyes shall be opened,
And ye shall be as gods … ” the serpent whispered …


Aphrodite and Apollo pose silently in marble:
Crumbling antiquity with ne’er a wrinkle of age;
A moon-lit blush on the cheek: almost alive …


The magician flourishes his cape:
Good becomes evil, and evil seems good;
The applause is deafening.


 


“The Dragon”


Deep within Loch Ness, Leviathan lurks,
Like a raging lion locked in it’s lair:
His ragged wings can soar no more;
His murky maze of lies no more ensnare.


‘Twas not the sword of mythical St. George,
Nor did Saint Patty “kill-a my snakes for me.”*
T’was this plain and simple fact of dragon-lore:
More tempting the abyss as I stare more …


 


*Stevenson’s “Ricky-Ticky-Tavi-mongoose.”

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