Sacrifice

A dragon lurks
Deep in its lair,
Upon the main high road.
He’s bad for trade,
And maidens fear
He will devour them whole.

I must sacrifice
What’s been my life,
To save my fellow virgins.
The straw was short
That I drew out,
So I’m the beast of burden.

The monster rests
With heaving breast,
As I lie in its lair.
The jaws of death
Have razor teeth,
Stained with blood and decay.

Can I change my fate,
(If it’s not too late)
and maybe steal away?
The night is long
I am alone,
My only companion fear.

But one moment, wait,
Do I hear the approach
Of someone upon a horse?
Has my fright
Impaired my sight,
Or is it set on this course.

A knight has come
To save my skin,
“Oh, brave sir, take me with you”.
On the end of a lance
The dragon gasps,
One last fiery sigh.

Now I am claimed
As his prize, a bride,
Is what fate awaits me.
To clean his home
Bear his children,
And serve him all my days.

The monster rests
With heaving breast,
Though death is not my fear.
A whole life of sacrifice;
I’m waiting for a dragon
To come rescue me.

Sacrifice

Nigel Bangert

Joined June 2010

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Published in The Dragon Chronicle October 1998.

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