one with the wyverne - or how i got my name.
o wild and wise wyverne, dread daemon and dire,
bold being of brightness, fell phantom of fire,
o wide-winged and wonderful, pure and impassioned,
magically made and from fair fancy fashioned,
am i, in my innocence, near you in nature?
oh, might a meek maiden be classed with a creature
so sparkling and spruce, and so blissful and breezy,
who crosses the cosmos in effortless easy
and measureless movements, who traverses timescapes
unknown and undreamt of, and ripples through rhymescapes
as snakes slither, softly, and linking like letters
and sending them sliding, set free from fast fetters,
from distant dimensions (so cheerful thy chortle
so laughing and loving) - to me, a mere mortal?
for recently reborn, i needed a new name,
and hesitant, humble, i, craving a clue, came
by booklore and bardry, through sigil and symbol
allured by your lustre and, noting your nimble
alacritous antics, your delicate dancing
your magical music, enchanting, entrancing,
i glimpsed in your glittering time-twitching tail
a path of pure poetry, glint of the grail,
and i swiftly took speed, and i promptly pursued you.
i called and you came. i indeed interviewed you,
i asked for an answer: ‘o, know ye my name, then?’
and wordless, o wyverne, you flicked me with flame then.
you yawned and your yellow and green gullet glittered
your mouth made a movement, fire flashed and flame flittered
sparks sprayed out like stardust, and galaxies glimmered
colossal new cosmoses shivered and shimmered
and spirals of spinning space, howling, were hollowed
till fast in a fatal flash, swish! i was swallowed!
devoured by a dragon! oh! eaten alive!
ghastly thy gullet, yet down i did dive!
nothing was normal, awesome was all -
strange the sensations, frightening the fall,
vanished was vision, but born in my being
was wistful awareness more subtle than seeing.
so spreading new spiritual wings wild and wondrous
to etheric airways through throngs thick and thunderous
of curdling cloud clots laced with lashings of lightning
i sought my soul centre (for first flights are frightening)
so gladly i grasped it! vast vistas of vision
appeared as i asked. did i dream the decision
full firm and fine-focused, with grateful glad glee to go
bravely to bold belief, now my new name to know?
devoured by a dragon, ironically i’ve an
odd urge to eat earthlings - i’m one with the wyverne!