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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  • 6 days ago

    by Lainie Reay

    Just Beautiful. Congratulations on your win

  • 6 days ago

    by Keira Pickard

    Congratulations on your win Dad! Excellent poem.

    • 6 days ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Michael, Keira - thank you, both.

  • 6 days 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.

  • 1 week 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.

    • 6 days 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!

    • 4 days ago

      by cassie hughes

      Ah yes! I remember now :)

  • 1 week ago

    by Star

    This is such an amazing poem, Congrats Ben :)

    • 1 week ago

      by Ben Pickard

      Thank you, Star. And same to you.

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