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There Be Dragons Here

Enormous grey clouds feasted on sunbeams;
soft veils of mist further paling the light.
As I roamed 'cross the lush green outlands of Galway,
a skulking presence was sensed to my right.
Throughout my young life I’d heard many legends;
dragon tales embellished with time and stout ale.
Those who believed would beg I not wander,
lest I suffer the wrath the fates might assail.

Cold prickling gooseflesh, creeping in ripples,
stabbed at my flesh till I trembled with fear.
I knew beyond doubt, to the depths of my soul,
a dragon had spied me and lurked ever near.
I whispered an old Irish prayer to myself,
unable to move, but so wanting to flee.
When finally the beast did make itself known,
'twas a wee baby dragon stood staring at me!

We lingered in silence, awkward, unsettled,
though time had stood still and left us to dream.
I studied those soul piercing amber eyes,
and its shimmering scales of emerald green.
I feared for my life, yet no parent protested.
I felt a great sadness as deep as the sea.
I had on my hands a young orphaned dragon,
a beast who had taken a liking to me.

The Irish name "Lorcan" was seemly and ample
thus, bestowed on the dragon that curious day.
Time brought with it unavoidable change,
and the need for caution each step of the way.
How was a mortal entrusted this secret?
Not that I harbored an ounce of regret.
It's not everyday common folk meet with legends;
all my life long, I would never forget.

Lorcan hid well in his cave during day's light.
When all were asleep, he would soar through the sky.
He hunted and drank from the land and the loughs,
and sometimes I heard his low mournful cry.
This tale ends not with disheartening sorrow.
For you see, I did find in the sly Lorcan's lair,
not only the dame he had won in his travels,
but another wee dragon claimed residence there!
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Posted: Oct 2012
About this poem:
My love for exploring medieval poetry is deep seated. This poem came to me one day, perhaps from a dream. It's one of my favorites and I hope you also enjoy what it offers. I smile at the end, each time I read it. Thanks for stopping to have a read. Blessed be!~

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orientalkoruonline today!
Thank you for sharing your favorite poem; you've beautifully weaved a story in here. I've enjoyed reading it; brought back childhood memories when my yonuger brother and I were into castles and dragons. I can remember us being scolded reading books with a torch under our blankets wine thumbs up
CelticPoet12
Whoops in the torch part. LOL. I have loved medieval times since I was very little. Maybe the first time I saw the Disney castle. Grew up watching Disney movies. Thanks for the comments and glad your liked the story. Means a lot. Celtic!~
Nuwahri61
Hi Celtic ...........you had me every step of the way......very captivating ......thoroughly enjoyed this ...regards n61 handshake cheers
CelticPoet12
Why thank you!~ I am honored by your comments good sir. How are things in Australia? What a beautiful country. Best wishes and so glad you enjoyed my wee baby dragon tale. Celticcool
Nuwahri61
Thanks for the comments kind lady but is i who should be honoured .......to be in the presence of amazing writers from all over the world an share what they have to offer is very unique an quite remarkable .........thanks for that ........where i am is starting to heat up a bit summer is just around the corner .........have a gander at ' Wilting 'i posted the other day it may give you some perspective rolling on the floor laughing ....all the best regards n61
Poetnumber1
This is no doubt a class poem,brilliantly woven into a captivating story.Its so nice to see you back my friendhug teddybear M.M
CelticPoet12
Hello dear Poet. GOOD to hear from you also. Thanks for the stop, read and write. LOL. Glad you liked the piece. I needed to post something and dive back in. SO much has happened and I am feeling very good these days. You'll have to message me and catch me up on things in your life. I would like that. Blessings and thanks again for the lift to my day. Celtic!~hug
Poetnumber1
Will keep you updated,for a certainty alot to catch up on.
CelticPoet12
It's a deal Poet. I'll keep an eye on my mailbox. K? Hugs, Celticapplause
Fellsman
Hi Celtic

This is quite superb rhyme and rhythm - and a rattling good narrative as well...

Best wishes

Bill gift gift
CelticPoet12
Well goodness me, HI BILL!~ So good to hear from you. What a lovely compliment. I am smiling from head to toe. I am honored by your words and good thoughts. I wish you a relaxing and wonderful evening. The day went much too fast. Thanks, Celtic!~wine
morgen90210
It's like watching Pixie How to catch a dragon.....i love mediveal stories of dragons..kings and magic...
Like Raymond E feist ,Jane Jolen(heart's blood)
And katherine kerr Daggerspell
...you will be spellbound as I was,is and always be.... kk writes welsh folklore fantasy and the 1st book must read before the rest is Daggerspell coz it's confusing with 5 lifetime line interchange wit a man 500yrs waiting to undo his vow to bring his dead gf to the magic ...Deowmer and after her 5th life as Jill that Promise would be fullfill wit wars ,elves ,high king,dwarves ,a red dragon and many more ...
Oops sorry got carried away.heart wings
CelticPoet12
Morgen, thanks for feeling comfortable enough TO get carried away. That's what we do, us poets. We get lost in things most others never see. Thank goodness for poets and writers who SHOW them what they've walked past and missed. Thanks for the great comments and sharing some info to look into. Have a great night. Celticgift
CelticPoet12
Morgen, thanks for feeling comfortable enough TO get carried away. That's what we do, us poets. We get lost in things most others never see. Thank goodness for poets and writers who SHOW them what they've walked past and missed. Thanks for the great comments and sharing some info to look into. Have a great night. Celticgift
windyweatherly
Celtic my friend. Thank you so much for your heartfelt and very warm welcome. You know people like you and the rest of our good friends here at PC make life so bright and sunny. I most enjoyed also this write like a movie like Morgen said...
Thanks Celtic.
CelticPoet12
Thanks SO much Windy. Your comments are so kind and made me smile. It's been such a wonderful day and coming here to CS was the best part of it. I hold a special place in my heart for the poets I've met here and all they've given and shared. I have certainly grown these past months. Hugs and best wishes. Celtic
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CelticPoet12
Just wanted to stir some fantasy this morning for those who haven't read this one!~ Blessed be dear poets of CS and Happy Holidays to you, one and all!~gift snowman2
JimEee
To the Irish Dragon spinner of tales!

This Dragon within your tale, is no fantasy,
you can feel that he is real!

Original, descriptive and Poetic story!

Your audience awaits your next sharing!

Applause!

JimEee
CelticPoet12
Top of the day to ye, Sir JimEee. Thank thee kindly for these glowing comments. I am thrilled beyond words ye enjoyed this story poem. There is no greater compliment than when the reader can imagine himself IN the story and the yarn makes it easy to believe the creature lives!~ I have many poems posted here and other stories you might enjoy. Lady Morgaine (part 1&2) and others. Blessed be good Sir and splendid Yuletide to thee!~ Mistress Celtic gift wine
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To the Irish Dragon spinner of tales!

This Dragon within your tale, is no fantasy,
you can feel that he is real!

Original, descriptive and Poetic story!

Your audience awaits your next sharing!

Applause!

JimEee
TheKoreanGhost
Brilliant ! You are truly the Dragon Whisperer .
Magical poem.peace
CelticPoet12
WOW, THANK YOU KGHOST. I am honored for the title. I love writing fantasy, which to me really isn't. LOL. Happy Yuletide to you and yours. Blessed be. HUZZAH (Be of good cheer).gift wine gift
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