Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "The Dragon and the Manticore"

This poem is spillover from the January 2, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "water" square in my 1-1-18 card for the Apocalypse Bingo fest, and the "dragons" square in my 10-1-17 card for the Fall Festival Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] zianuray. It belongs to the series Monster House.

"The Dragon and the Manticore"

I like to walk down to
the park on weekends.

There's a portal in
the shallows of the lake,
and another in the alleyway.

The water dragon who
hangs around the dock
is friendly, and gives
good advice on fishing,
so long as you do not
cast a line in her direction.

The alleycat who likes
the dumpster between
Pearl's Pizza and Big Al's
is actually an alley manticore,
and he's a little temperamental.

They're hidden from ordinary eyes,
at least for the most part, but they don't
mind a visit from those in the know.

They don't like each other much,
and sometimes they get into
long hissing arguments.

I bring them both tuna,
though, and that is something
that they can both agree on.

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