Hero Play

Fire-breathing beasts of old
conjuring unheard of fears
from fabled depths of myth and lore
long before the monsters loom
- and then the hour met too late
as everyone within their scope
expects a dragon's madness loosed:
blackened hills of shadows, smoke
with warriors who run and choke
dropping spears to flee a scene
surrendering to tales of scales,
horrific yarns of glowing eyes
the orange flaming scorching all
- except for those who read to know
how fairy tales can scare and show
some deeper truths to understand,
as with this boy, toy sword in hand,
prepared to vanquish demons whole
because he plays a hero's role.

Hero Play © Copyright 2021, Robert J. Tiess.

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Submitted: April 7, 2019

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