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Dragon’s Teeth–A Poem

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Last Sunday, after careful deliberation, RT surrendered to his book-buying impulse and brought home the newest member of his literary litter, Karen Armstrong’s The Great Transformation. His short list also included John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg’s The First Paul and Oxford University’s New Oxford Book of Romantic Period Verse. RT’s local bookstore has never disappointed him.

Speaking of which, during his deliberations, RT was moved to compose some off-the-cuff verses. He re-positioned the chess set on its side table to safety a few feet away, sprawled out in the generously padded wicker chair, and produced the following:


Dragon’s Teeth

the moon married the alphabet

& founded a city; somewhere in there,

she produced a cow, a cow, take note,


that walked by the waters that stream westward

past the kings, the Queen of Night, a blind man



even to Bharata, Axum, Gades, that cow; the

hundred gates of the world: the fence of humanity

and the hero who stands guard there–


lion pelt on his shoulders,

club in his hand.

He made the mountains, they say,


let loose the winds, that

flock of doves–

the archer chases them.


© copyright 2014, The Rag Tree.


Woodcut: Cadmos and the Spartoi (Engraving by Virgil Solis for Ovid’s Metamorphoses III, 101-130) 1562. WikiCmns; Public Domain.


  1. aubrey
    March 10, 2014 at 3:24 am

    That poem is a gorgeous, gorgeous thing. A perfect description of the moon’s glittering dominion and magnificent power; a perfect inkling of the wonder of myth and creation.

    Love it.

  2. March 13, 2014 at 1:04 am

    aubrey: jeez, and all i wanted was a poem to read to the monthly gathering at the tearoom…maybe i can’t live for a week on a compliment; on the other hand, a compliment like this might keep me going for a month… RT

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