*True Love

I was reading about Valentine’s Day and came across this quote by Rilke and from it came an idea for a poem.

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

True Love
why not the dragon?
perhaps . . .
it waits
in darkened caves
bound by the beauty
of a secret longing
more awesome and able
than a billow of fiery breath
or a flight of fury
on spine-tingling wings
more magical than
the mighty myths of man
and wise-tales of women
ever glorified with
the hair-raising
and heart-stirring
the mystic within
that makes the real without

why not the dragon?
perhaps . . .

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