Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Rik George writes

Provoke No Dragons

“Provoke no dragons when the moon 
floats fat above the redwood tree,” 
I tell you, “or if you hear a loon 
complaining to the stars of death 
or taxes Congress levies on tea, 
keep still.  Polish no tiger teeth; 
don't let the lions come indoors. 
Don't tease the purple apes or play 
with adders when you take your bath, 
and don't feed stranger manticores 
raw peanuts when I must be away. 
I want you safe when I come home.” 
You nod compliantly.  That same day 
I leave, you buy a leopard to tame.

1 comment:

  1. The manticore (Early Middle Persian Martyaxwar, "man-eater" from martya "man" and xwar "to eat") has the body of a red lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth,(like a shark, sometimes bat-like wings, and a trumpet-like voice. It may be horned, winged, or both. The tail is that of a dragon or a scorpion, and it may shoot venomous spines to paralyze or kill its victims. It devours its prey whole and leaves no clothes, bones, or possessions behind.


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