Dragons Need Their Scales

by Ben Pickard   Nov 17, 2020


I longed for lust but only found
A map to love and pain;
I searched my mind for life and sound
But wrote a drab refrain.
Along the road, I tried to walk
With dignity and pride,
But all the while, the monsters stalked
And forced my arrows wide.
In each and every dream I dreamt,
I heard the thrush and lark,
But when awake, I lay and wept
Alone and in the dark.
So do not talk of pretty things
Like rainbows, peaks and vales!
A bird is bright because it sings
And dragons need their scales.

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Ben Pickard 2020

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  • 1 month ago

    by CRAFTY KEN

    Hey Ben, I did not read this Poem until this morning, having been absent without leave for months-Ha-Ha. You know how much that I love Metaphorical, and unforced Rhyming, for this, you are a Master. Congrats on your Win. These two lines jumped off the write; A bird is bright because it sings
    And dragons need their scales. The Bird is envied, for it's beauty, and song. The Dragon mirrors today's World, with so many callous people, instead of the Dragon's scale shield to cover it's guilt, and shame, they adorn the Shakespeare type Masks, they have many to choose from.

    • 1 month ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Insightful comment, Ken. Thank you.

  • 3 months ago

    by Lainie Reay

    Just Beautiful. Congratulations on your win

  • 3 months ago

    by Keira Pickard

    Congratulations on your win Dad! Excellent poem.

    • 3 months ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Michael, Keira - thank you, both.

  • 3 months ago

    by Mr. Darcy

    Hello Ben,

    I liked this a lot and so it is no surprise that this, polished piece of perfection has won this week.

    All the best.

  • 3 months ago

    by cassie hughes

    What an amazing piece! The rhythm and flow are perfect and your choice of language paints such a vivid picture. I'm sure I remember, a few years ago, you said you struggled with rhyme but you've very obviously got the hang of it now. One of your finest and well deserving of the front page.

    • 3 months ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thanks so much, Cassie. But it was the other way - rhyme has always come fairly easily to me but free verse has taken a little more effort!

    • 2 months ago

      by cassie hughes

      Ah yes! I remember now :)

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