Fresh Blood For The Paper Dragons

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The deed was done
The windmills won
Reality had the final word
A wounded Don Quixote is lying
By his broken, wooden sword
“Alas!” he’s crying, “Alas, another daydreamer is dying.”
Bleeding hearts and fairy tales
Oh, these crooked trails of the unexplored

First tragedy comes by
Like flies
Sniffing around for tearful eyes
Then scavengers put sheets
On a deathbed made of vulture's smiles
And crows rush to pluck the feet of this forsaken
To claim back the road he should not have taken
And soon enough, the worried hearts arrive to mingle
Modern Robin Hoods carrying quivers
Filled with pointed fingers
Lastly, in the name of all that's bitter and distressed
A few bystanders join to get this one off their chests

The deed was done
The windmills won
The crowd dispersed for night
With neither rage nor a token fight
They leave behind a dying light
A torn red sun is tossed aside
While the fear of dark wears down the bright

Oh, the dreams the dreamers dream for us
They dream them all in vain
By end of day just bones remain
And trodden leaves of grass

Thus poetry, petal-blade poetry
Sweet art beware
Spare the leaves
Of your noble notebooks
Leave them pure and bare
Since last you wrote
The free were caught
The brave were shot
And the rest just do not dare

O Poetry! my Poetry!
Your knightly mighty heart
That's been tattooed with dragons
Now is bleeding from a paper cut


Submitted by Anonymous on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Good job. I really liked the second to last stanza.

Submitted by Robert on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Brilliant. I like the way you incorporated the references to masterpieces like:
- The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
- Do not go gentle into that good night by Dylan Thomas
- The Cloths of Heaven by W B Yeats
- Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass and O Captain! My Captain!
- Firelight and Nightfall by David Herbert Lawrence
Did I miss anything?

Submitted by Arnonymous on Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This is absolutely beautiful and brilliant at the same time, Well written.

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