NaPoWriMo: Day 6

Prompt: Write a poem from the viewpoint of one person/animal/thing from Hieronymous Bosch’s triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights


My father was a dragon
My mum a gray giraffe
If you chance to see me
Please try not to laugh

The speckles ’round my collar
To my toes do not extend
Nor are they a scaly skin
Against foes to defend

The pointed horns atop my crown
Match not my fleshy beak
One is bold and fearsome
The other dull and weak

Beady eyes and cloven hooves
A posterior too small
For chestbones broad and bulky
This ungulate’s downfall

And so I isolate by day
No stash of gold to hoard
No trees o’erhead with leafy boughs
To munch when I am bored

Those who know my parents say
There’s no more loving pair
But to be genetic evidence
Of that love isn’t fair

And yet my head’s held high to boast
My purpose and my pride
All dragons’ sons know their true worth
Lies deep, deep, safe inside


close-up view of the giraffe from Hieronymous Bosch's triptych "The Garden of Earthly Delights"

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