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WYVERN

Phil Roberts 1957 (Melbourne)



Out of the pitch-black heavens
A great bi-pedal dragon flies,
Swooping down on man or beast
From out of the midnight skies.

Not breathing fire like dragons
From out or arcane lore,
Soaring down to snatch up
Its next morsel with a roar.

Devouring farmers and livestock
It snatches up a 400-kilo bull.
Flying off to feast upon it
Until the monster is full.

Scaly green flesh just like
Upon some prehistoric reptile,
Destroying flora and fauna
Just because it is so hostile.

A winged two-footed dragon
Spreading terror across the land,
Devouring, crushing, slaughtering
Every living thing that comes to hand.

Unafraid of bright sunlight,
It commits chaos both night and day,
With jagged teeth and lethal claws
And venomous breath it sprays.

Spraying out its poisonous breath
The dragon can kill entire cities,
Wiping out military battalions
Without hesitation, without pity.

Gigantic leathery green wings
Help lift it into the atmosphere,
To wreak, and wreck, and plunder
Without pause, and without fear.

THE END
© Copyright 2022 Philip Roberts
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

About this poem

A wyvern (sometimes spelt wivern) is a legendary bipedal, winged dragon, usually depicted with a tail ending in a diamond- or arrow-shaped tip. ... The wyvern in heraldry and folklore is rarely fire-breathing, unlike four-legged dragons. Instead it exhales poisonous fumes strong enough to wipe out an entire city.

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Written on August 23, 2021

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