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November 2007 -- Air

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  • Conversation With A Dragon
    by Valerie Joanne Higgins

    They will have crossed the river by now,
    We must fly!

    NOT YET!
    THE AIR IS STILL BLUE.

    The City is taken,
    The roads are guarded, the tunnels undermined,
    The only path is the sky!

    REST YOURSELF,
    EAT SOMETHING,
    THEY HAVE A HARD CLIMB TO FOLLOW YOU.

    It's full daylight now,
    They can track me easily.
    We don't have the time!

    I SEE YOU DROPPED YOUR BUNDLE,
    WAY DOWN THERE ON THE TRACK?

    It was heavy,
    I was being chased,
    I couldn't carry it and climb.

    THAT IS WHY WE WAIT,
    I CANNOT CLIMB IN BLUE AIR,
    NOT WITH YOU ON MY BACK.

    But how is air blue?

    IT GETS SAD WITHOUT THE SUN,
    AND FLOWS AGAINST THE EARTH TO WEEP.

    The sun is shining,
    The day is new!

    THE SUN MUST WARM THE AIR OUT OF ITS SULKING,
    YOU CAN TAKE AN HOUR OR SO TO SLEEP.

    And you'll wake me?
    You'll keep watch?
    You won't go?

    I WILL WAKE YOU,
    AND WHEN THE AIR IS ROSE AND GOLD,
    IT WILL LIFT ME UP AND HELP ME CARRY YOU.

    It will be close,
    They won't want to let me get away with what I know!

    THEY ARE PLAINSMEN,
    THEY DON'T KNOW THE LEDGES LIKE YOU.
    AND THEY FEAR ME,
    WHICH MAKES THEM SLOW.
    WE WILL FLY HIGH ABOVE THEM,
    AND REACH WHERE MEN AND DRAGONS ARE FREE,
    AND PROMISES HELD TRUE!

    Valerie Joanne Higgins a fantasy artist and poet who lives in Shropshire, England.
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