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jimoutside

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The Day the Dragon Came
« on: August 03, 2009, 09:33:36 pm »

I know the author of this piece and he/she asked me to post it here.

The Day the Dragon Came

Grandson, we are now alone,
it'll be a while before your ma gets home--
Now you're old enough to hear
Answers to the questions that you've asked--
About life before the dragon came.

Come now, Jose, sit down here,
This may be the last time you have with me
Alone without the prying ear
Of those who'd keep the truth from us--
About the day the dragon came.

I guess the best way to relate
Is tell you what happened to me one day,
When I was seven, almost eight,
Growing up in busy South  O.K.--
Four decades after the dragon came.

My father died when I was young,
Murdered by a drug gang Don.
Ma and I moved to the south,
Away from the rotting inner hub,
Four decades after the dragon came.

Things in the suburb were better then,
Ma got a job at a bus station.
We scraped by and usually had enough,
And she'd whisper to me now and then,
Of things she'd heard about times before the dragon came.

One day, she sent me to the store,
And said, See if they have any more
Of that big old batch of bread--
Here's a thousand Amero's, be back by four--
Forty years after the dragon came.

As I hustled along  the walk,
I tried not to listen to the brown folks talk,
They spoke in Spanglish, and smirked at me,
I knew I was the butt of all their jokes,
Forty years after the dragon came.

Then as I approached the store,
And prepared to get in line,
A pair of eyes locked up with mine,
Blue eyes crowned with bushy white--
Forty years after the dragon came.


They belonged to a man on an old wooden bench.
One leg was gone, he had a scar
That accentuated his jaw,
I knew those piercing eyes had seen
The day the dragon came.

I looked away and walked right by,
Intent upon the errand I was on,
But a gnarly hand grabbed my arm,
And turned me about to look into the eyes
Of the man who'd seen the dragon come.

Boy, he said, Now it's all right,
Don't mean to scare you, that's for sure.
But I couldn't help noticing--
Your eyes are blue, your hair is light--
Don't see that much since the dragon came.

He released my arm, and I stood there,
Looking at his eyes and bushy white hair.
He sighed, his eyes they pierced my soul,
And he said, Boy, has anyone ever told you--
What life was like before the dragon came?

The line for bread was long and slow,
So I sat down beside the man,
I didn't know why, but something about him
Made my curiosity flow-- I wanted to know--
More about life before the dragon came.

The sun beat down, and the old man frowned,
Listen boy, I'll tell you all I know.
It won't take long, but it'll open your eyes
To the way things were so long ago--
Before the dragon came.

I was born in Idaho, a free man in a free land.
I learned about God, and good hard work and honest toil
I learned how to grow potatoes and bring forth from the soil
The fruit of my own labors and the work of my own hand
Before the dragon came.

My brothers and I loved freedom so,
We decided we would make a pact
Never would we let our freedom go,
When danger came we wouldn't fail to act--
When the dragon came.

See back in those days, it wasn't strange
For every family to own a home--
A house that was all their own--
They  felt safe inside their own four walls
Before the dragon came.


Back then, if you wanted to get ahead,
All you had to do was work, work, work.
You could save your money and buy
Anything at all that you could ever want--
Before the dragon came.

Back then a man could buy a house,
Maybe even a bit of land.
He could own a car, or two or three,
A truck and boat and ATV,
Before the dragon came.

Those were the days when men were free,
When women lived in great safety,
Children laughed and played and learned,
And no one ever took a thought or care--
Until the dragon came.

For eleven years we preached and taught,
And found that most folks had forgot
The wars their ancestors had fought--
They really didn't seem to care--
And then the dragon came.

My three brothers and I and our loyal band
Made war against our enemies,
For a while we had some sweet success,
But at the end it came crashing down around our ears
Because the dragon came.

My brother Michael died in Illinois,
When he tried to save a little boy
From being blown up by an IED--
That's the kind of thing we came to face,
After the dragon came.

Jason went next, my little bro,
When we tried to save our Idaho.
We thought we could preserve it free--
He was laid out by two-twenty-three--
After the dragon came.

The rest of us tried to hold on
In OK city we thought we'd  take our stand.
Ryan gave his life in exchange for me
When he saw a mine I didn't see,
After the dragon came.

Our band was lost, my leg was gone,
They hauled me off to jail.
For thirty years they held me there,
Hoping that my health would fail
After the dragon came.


Son, I've never been a dad,
But you like the boy I might have had.
A pale stone on a sea of mud,
I bewail the chances I never had
Because the dragon came.

So boy, run on into the store,
If you're lucky they will still have more.
When I was young we had it coming out our ears
That was before the time of tears
Before the dragon came.

I got back in line to buy the bread,
But his words kept reeling through my head.
They've taught us such a lie,
Why, oh why did his brothers have to die?
Because the dragon came.

Jose, you are a smart young lad,
Be careful of this world you have.
Always know you're in my prayers
There's danger everywhere,
Because the dragon came.



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Re: The Day the Dragon Came
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2009, 03:04:52 am »


Enjoyable and true. My compliments to the author. :)
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Re: The Day the Dragon Came
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2009, 10:45:40 pm »

I'll let the author know.
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Re: The Day the Dragon Came
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2009, 03:53:53 am »

A very unsettling poem. Good, but unsettling.
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Re: The Day the Dragon Came
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2009, 08:51:55 pm »

I think it reflects on unsettling times. Do you see yourself in the poem, GD?
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Re: The Day the Dragon Came
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2009, 05:26:37 pm »

What a creepy thing to ask! :angry:
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Re: The Day the Dragon Came
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2009, 10:00:09 pm »

What a creepy thing to ask! :angry:
Sorry. :ph34r:

 I think I see myself in it though, probably as one of the brothers that died.
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