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The Lonely Lizard Jazz Club…a poem

man playing saxophone

it was after midnight
he play his sax
as though his heart
had been broken
couples stood on the dance floor
swaying
lost in the music
the notes
poured from the horn
their meaning
recognized by all
he played
and people swayed
until the lights went off
and there were no more
excuses to stay
just another night
at the Lonely Lizard
a Jazz Club
for lost souls

 

Photo:  Konstantin Aal
Unsplash

Dragon Quest…15

Dragon, Dragons, Monster, Monsters

you can’t have it
the statue is mine

my father gave it to me
and I don’t like you
not even a little
so fly away

and never come back
I cannot do that
I need to know how your father

came to have statue
she got into the car
slammed the door
and took off
the dragon flew next to her
she tried to hit him
but he seemed to know
when she was coming
and easily kept out of her way
which made her even more angry
she slammed on the brakes
when a troll stepped onto the road
he held up his hands
and she shot out of the car
what
could you possibly want
the troll put his arms down
and looked at his feet
the dragon landed on the road
and sat quietly
hey skinny dragon
she yelled
this is none of your business
get lost
the dragon stayed where he was
she glared at the troll
talk
Mistress Hunter
we are sorry
about the loss of your friend
one of our kind was there
trying to stop the humans
our apologies
we failed
because of that
we are yours to call
should you need our help
she stared at him
then nodded
thank you
I accept your gift

and only in an emergency
shall I call upon you and yours
then it is done
said the troll
who turned
and went on his way
she got back into the car
and tried to ram the dragon
who took to the air
and circled her car
she stopped
took out her gun
and leaned out of the window
the dragon
flew off in the direction
she was headed

to be continued…

Dragon Quest…14

Dragon, Dragons, Monster, Monsters

I had to get her to safety
surely you can understand that
I understand that my closest
and oldest friend
is dead
she said
flinging open the car door
where are we going
WE aren’t going anywhere
you did what you came here to do
now go back to your cave
any other dragon would kill you
for disrespecting your superior

you are NOT my superior
you stupid dragon
he sighed
I’m sorry your friend is dead
if I could bring her back
I would
but I can’t
the baby is safe
she was my priority
I would have given my life
to bring her to safety
well you didn’t have to give your life
Wave did
and why did you come back 
you could have stayed home and been a hero
I came back because
you and your friend were fighting
a battle that belonged to me

do you know what a grudge is
I do
will you hold one against
 me
her shoulders sagged
probably not
you did what you had to do
but you really are skinny
you know that
don’t you
I hate
you
I heard you the first hundred times
you said that
and I still don’t care
you know nothing about dragons
maybe not
but what I do know
is that
you didn’t just come back to fight
you came back for the statue
yes
I did

 

to be continued…

Dragon Quest…13

Dragon, Dragons, Monster, Monsters

the Hunter kept firing
never running out of bullets
she couldn’t see who was shooting
so she was unable to set her gun
to the appropriate
magical ammunition
she slowed her breathing
and reached out
toward the enemy
three men
she thought
two humans
one troll
they were close together
one of them shouted
that the dragon was gone
but the other human
wanted to kill something
anything
he was angry
that they missed their chance
to get rich
she pointed her weapon
at the man’s fury
and pulled the trigger
she heard him fall
and heard the other human scream
the troll
cutting his losses
took off at a run
she felt the man
lean over the dead body
and her shot rang true
then she turned toward the water
Wave was floating
her eyes open
no no no no
she shouted
splashing toward her friend
the portal opened
and the dragon
came through
I had to get her to safety
where are the shooters
but the Hunter
was holding Wave in her arms
begging her to breath
let me have her
he said
taking the woman in his arms
he closed his eyes
and placed his hand on her heart
a warm golden glow
covered Wave’s chest
then the light began to fade
I’m sorry
he said
she grabbed her friend and held her
rocking her back and forth in the water
soon others were coming to the surface
quietly watching her grief
finally
Wave’s mother came forward
IT IS TIME FOR US TO TAKE HER
DAUGHTER
no
please

help her
she begged
she can’t be gone
she just can’t be
it’s my fault
IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT
said the woman
I WILL TAKE MY CHILD NOW
she said gently
the Hunter loosened her grip
and Wave floated into the arms
of the woman who gave her life
I’m sorry
forgive
me
THERE IS NOTHING TO FORGIVE
AND YOU HAVE AVENGED HER DEATH
FOR THAT
I THANK YOU.
the Hunter wiped the tears from her eyes
leaned forward and hugged the woman
Wave held between them
may you have clean and sparkling water
for all the days of your life

YOU AS WELL
NOW GO
YOUR DRAGON IS WAITING
she watched as the merpeople
disappeared into the lake
taking her friend with them
I am sorry
I…
she hit him
knocking him backward
then shoved him
and when he fell
she got on top of him
and started punching him
he didn’t move
when she stopped
she rolled off of him
and just laid on her back
staring at the sky
it’s my fault
I never should have come here
never should have asked for her help
I did this
the men who killed her
are
responsible
they did this

she got up
and walked to the bodies
of the dead men
she took out her gun
and shot them each
a dozen times
then she kicked them
until she was satisfied
you’re really skinny for a dragon
she said
looking at him
I’m build for speed
he said
too bad you didn’t come back here
a lot faster then
isn’t it

 

to be continued…

 

Miss Honey Bunch…a story poem

Cavia, Caviidae, Guinea Pig

Miss Honey Bunch
is not your average guinea pig
aside from being
extremely beautiful
she is intelligent
has two degrees
form the CFAGP
(College For Advanced Guinea Pigs)
and worked for Apple
before she went out
on her own
she’s known
for her clever remarks
having one black foot and one pink
Bette Davis eyes
and a knack for programming
that no human
has been able to match
her true beauty
however
lies in her loving
and very kind heart
she currently lives
with two other guinea pigs
James Bond
and
Mary Lovegood
she works four days a week
loves lettuce
parsley
and carrots
she has chosen
to remain childless
in order to concentrate
on her career
next time you are on the internet
thank Miss Honey Bunch
for helping to make it possible

 

Photo:  Pixabay

Dragon Quest…12

Dragon, Dragons, Monster, Monsters

i aM tIRed
IT IS HARD WORK
BEING BORN
YOU ARE DOING WELL
YOU ARE ALMOST OUT
OF YOUR SHELL
cAn yOu HeLP me
I CANNOT
YOU MUST DO IT ON YOUR OWN
wiLL yOu siNg tO mE
Wave began to hum
then started singing
a song of gentle waves
and starfish
of tiny yellow fish
and reeds
she sang
and the water rocked
them both
i aM bORn
said the baby dragon

***

the gold coins hit the water
and Wave appeared
holding Coral Reef in her arms
the dragon
radiated love and longing
his hands reaching for her
little one
you are beautiful
SHE IS BRAND NEW
said Wave
I can see that
will you let me take you home
everyone will be so happy
to see you
Coral Reef
snuggled closer to Wave
her tiny wings
held tight
against her golden body
dO i HAvE tO bE a priNCeSs
the dragon stared at her
i give you my word
you will be a princess
in name only
Coral Reef
turned her eyes toward him
dO YoU pRoMISe
i cAN pLAy wiTh oThER dRAgonS
I promise
the baby dragon
rubbed her nose against Wave’s face
i sHaLL mISs YoU
I WILL MISS YOU AS WELL
BUT PERHAPS
WHEN YOU ARE OLDER
YOU  CAN COME FOR A VISIT
pERhaps
said the baby
staring at the dragon
who nodded
and walked into the water
where she was put into his arms
thank you
he said to Wave
I am in your debt
then he turned
and walked back onto the shore
he stared at her
and leaned forward
you are absolutely terrible but…
he kissed her
and she heard the baby
giggle
she leaned into him
and kissed him back
a gunshot rang out
he turned quickly
opened a portal
and disappeared
Wave splashed as she
fell backward
while her friend
hit the ground
and started firing

to be continued…

 

 

Dragon Quest…11

Dragon, Dragons, Monster, Monsters

i wANt TO cOme oUt
said the baby dragon
WHENEVER YOU’RE READY
chuckled Wave
I WILL BE HERE TO AID YOU
IN ANYWAY I CAN
WHY DO YOU RESIST
GOING HOME
mY aUNt iS uNHAPpy
AnD IT HuRtS
I AM SORRY
BUT THIS IS NOT A GOOD PLACE
FOR DRAGONS
EVEN NOW MEN ARE FIGHTING
TO OWN YOU
AND THEY WILL HURT YOU
AND YOU WILL SUFFER
cAN i StAy wITh YOu
YOU CANNOT
THIS IS NO PLACE FOR
A DRAGON
YOU BELONG TO THE SKY
NOT TO THE WATER
tOMorRoW i WiLl bE BOrN
I WILL BE HERE

***

tell me about the sisters
what am I eating
I told you
it’s pizza
the cat does not eat it
cat’s eat cat food
tell me about the sisters
the eldest
is silver
with rainbow markings
she is beautiful
and there were great celebrations
when we were told that
she was reproducing
Offspring are not common
in our world
each dragon is precious
what’s the problem
don’t dragons like sex
or is it low sperm count
you are…
I am what
offensive in every way possible
but my shampoo smells like oranges
and that can’t possibly offend you
now tell me about the other sister
she is petite
blue
with silver markings
she’s quite lovely
but since the new egg
she has been forced into the background
and
what you’re saying
is that dragons are a lot like humans
you don’t deserve to take another breath
and yet
I’m still here
an unfortunate fact
that I hope to remedy in the near future
you can sleep on the couch
we’ll go see Wave in the morning
we need to talk about the statue
we do not
we do
it’s a very powerful object
and I should know
since it once belonged to my father

 

to be continued…

Dragon Quest…11

Dragon, Dragons, Monster, Monsters

i wANt TO cOme oUt
said the baby dragon
WHENEVER YOU’RE READY
chuckled Wave
I WILL BE HERE TO AID YOU
IN ANYWAY I CAN
WHY DO YOU RESIST
GOING HOME
mY aUNt iS uNHAPpy
AnD IT HuRtS
I AM SORRY
BUT THIS IS NOT A GOOD PLACE
FOR DRAGONS
EVEN NOW MEN ARE FIGHTING
TO OWN YOU
AND THEY WILL HURT YOU
AND YOU WILL SUFFER
cAN i StAy wITh YOu
YOU CANNOT
THIS IS NO PLACE FOR
A DRAGON
YOU BELONG TO THE SKY
NOT TO THE WATER
tOMorRoW i WiLl bE BOrN
I WILL BE HERE

***

tell me about the sisters
what am I eating
I told you
it’s pizza
the cat does not eat it
cat’s eat cat food
tell me about the sisters
the eldest
is silver
with rainbow markings
she is beautiful
and there were great celebrations
when we were told that
she was reproducing
Offspring are not common
in our world
each dragon is precious
what’s the problem
don’t dragons like sex
or is it low sperm count
you are…
I am what
offensive in every way possible
but my shampoo smells like oranges
and that can’t possibly offend you
now tell me about the other sister
she is petite
blue
with silver markings
she’s quite lovely
but since the new egg
she has been forced into the background
and
what you’re saying
is that dragons are a lot like humans
you don’t deserve to take another breath
and yet
I’m still here
an unfortunate fact
that I hope to remedy in the near future
you can sleep on the couch
we’ll go see Wave in the morning
we need to talk about the statue
we do not
we do
it’s a very powerful object
and I should know
since it once belonged to my father

 

to be continued…

Dragon Quest…9

Dragon, Dragons, Monster, Monsters

let me out
I need to fly for awhile
she stopped the car
and watched him
turn into a smooth
green dragon
who paced the car
she knew she was smiling
but she couldn’t help it
a dragon was flying next to her
she kept looking at him
and grinning
she got to her apartment
and pulled into her parking spot
he changed into a human form
as he landed
what is this place
I live here
we can’t do anything at the moment
so I’m going to take a shower

and clean up a little
you’re welcome to join me
in the shower
he asked innocently
so you do have a sense of humor
I have a sense of everything
he followed her into the building
and they walked up to the third floor
help yourself to whatever is in the fridge
I’m be back soon
she said
shedding her clothes
he heard the water running
and looked into the empty refrigerator
he grabbed the can of olives
and tore off the top
he ate some of them
and watered the plants
on the windowsill
then he walked around
looking at her books
her art
and her trinkets
he picked up a statue of a dragon
who stood frozen
in fighting stance
it was silver and it felt warm
it held magic
my father gave that to me
she said
coming up behind him
she was drying her hair
with a towel
and wearing a tank top
and jeans
she was barefoot
and smelled like
sunshine
you don’t have any food
I ate olives
why do they call you Hunter
because that’s what I am
I hunt people and things
for money
it’s my job
do you kill people
only when I have to
when do you have to
when they’re trying to kill me
understandable
what if Coral Reef
wants to stay here
that is not a proper name
for a dragon
and why
would she want to stay here
what is a proper name for a dragon
for a female
maybe Zenorfe
or Laryto
seriously
yes
those are beautiful names
if you say so
you are simply not used to them
that’s true
but she has chosen her own name
it will not be allowed to stand
so your society is cruel and
without freedom or…
our culture is perfect
it’s not
Is your’s any
better
ours is horrible
just in a different way
aren’t you going to tell me
you want to kill me
I don’t want to kill you
at least not right now
tell me about this
dragon
he said
showing her the statue
my father gave it to me
for my seventh birthday
all the kids my age
were infatuated with
dinosaurs
but I was into
dragons
she said
taking it from his hand
and holding it close
that is a magical object
filled with power

it’s just a silver statue
you’re wrong
it’s so much more than that

to be continued…

 

dragon:  Pixabay

Dragon Quest…10

Dragon, Dragons, Monster, Monsters

what was your father
you mean
who was he
no
I mean WHAT was
he
he taught Political Science
at a university
and
and what
he was more than that
you mean his fey blood
more
I’m not playing this game
he left years ago
is this statue the only thing
he gave to you
no
of course not
show me
I’m going to order out
what would you like to eat
do you have another dragon
pizza
pasta
Chinese
Mexican
she muttered
looking at menu’s
a young tiger cat
jumped through the open
window in the living room
she meowed
walked up to him
and rubbed against his legs
then she went to her empty dish
and waited
I’m going to get the egg back
whether your friend cooperates or not
the egg does not belong to her
she never said it belonged to her
she said
she gave her word to protect it
and that’s what she will do
the egg does not need to be protected
from me
the cat yawned
and pawed at her bowl
I’m ordering pizza
and feeding Tulip
you can use the bathroom
I put nice fluffy towels out for you
excuse me
don’t you want to clean up
are you implying that I am unclean
that sounded silly
she said
laughing
I mean if you would like to shower
there are towels in the bathroom
and I have some sweats that should fit you
sweats
what are sweats
why do you think Coral Reef
doesn’t want to go home
I don’t know
why isn’t her mother
coming for her
I was sent
to retrieve the egg
I know that
but where is her mother
and what’s going to happen
to the sister who took the egg
he looked away
and walked toward the sofa
the thief
will be tried in court
if found guilty
her sister
will decide her punishment
wow
I hope her sister loves her
she took her child
to another reality
yeah
that could end badly
indeed

 

to be continued…

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