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My darling, growing, slit-eyed brood
Soon, now, to leave my lair,
To seek your mates, and your own food.
Pause, nestlings, and prepare.

We live our lives by fang and claw,
We kill so we may live.
But I have this, one final law,
And warning still to give.

Although the hunt and chase are sweet,
And blood is best when hot,
Remember, for your glut of meat,
Kill so they suffer not.

We are ourselves--and not their kind.
They live in stealth and fear.
They huddle, dread that we shall find
And strike, when we draw near.

We need their lives to save our own.
We kill and kill again.
Have pity, strike to feed, alone.
Show mercy, even then.

It is not right to relish fear,
And foul to cause them pain.
Take freely, swiftly, elk, boar, deer,
But learn what I explain.

Someday the darkness will find you,
And you yourself will die.
And you shall know my words were true.
And I'm explaining why:

Like them we live, then live no more.
Be swift in your onslaught.
Feed, fill yourself, with flesh and gore.
Strike so they suffer not.

And when the Pale Drake comes at last,
Holds out his bony claw,
To one truth you may still hold fast--
You kept to this same law.

You'll face him as a dragon should,
With truth never forgot.
And say, 'Do now, Sir, what you would--
'Strike so I suffer not.'
A mother dragon gives her brood a last, important lesson.  This is NOT a sad poem.
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Kajm Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I think this is something that Thunderwing (Kajm's mate) would teach their children.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017
So glad you liked it. Still more draconic poetry in the trove.
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DarkRiderDLMC Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
When it becomes about the killing, you'll never find your way home.  This was a good truthful write.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017
An ethical carnivore is a hard thing for omnivores to understand.
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DarkRiderDLMC Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2017
A few months of only getting to eat what they killed would fix that.  It's why calves get named Burgers and pigs get named bacon or Pork Chops.

Any poor rural boy know the joy and taste of out of season game.  And the sorrow when it's scarce.
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princessaquarius Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016  Professional Writer
Really good. Told a story and kept you interested.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
I'm so pleased and grateful that you liked the poem!  Thank you!
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princessaquarius Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Professional Writer
You're welcome! Thank you for sharing.
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darkghast Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of the movie Dragonslayer. Awesome poem.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016
I'm so glad you enjoyed it, thank you so very much.
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
Beautifully written - very poignant.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
Thank you so much--but it is NOT a sad poem.  It just explains something a predator needs to understand.
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Matakoura Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016
Hmmm, good point :D You're welcome :D
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Rikitza Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016   Photographer
:)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016
You'd know a bit about observing the law even when you eat. :)
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Rikitza Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2016   Photographer
:hug:
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uglygosling Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016
Sounds like some good motherly advice...
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:iconmensjedezeemeermin:
Raise good offspring.  They will be happier.  I'm honored that you so liked the poem.
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scarletwhite Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
wow, impresive, fast, bold, even wise.

I admire this piece
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
What a truly kind thing to say--I am honored and moved.
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AgeThe6 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Great work. Really like the image it describes
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
Thank you very much.  I did imagine an illustration of a mother dragon speaking to her offspring.
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mattaui Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another great one, I really like the image it paints.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2016
You're kind!  My, but you have had a productive month.
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mattaui Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Inktober really helps keep me going. I've been trying to draw more in general, but it's always nice to have an added incentive.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
You're improving, and developing--I have my favorites, obviously, among your subjects.
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mattaui Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Any requests? :)
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2016
An Ichthyocentauress?  Not very far from what you are doing with your cetans, really.  I have some in my Favorites if you want some ideas.
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mattaui Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That could be very interesting! I'll give it a shot. :)
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Max-Corey Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
I love you, dearest Silver One.
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
The greatest of a dragon's treasures...
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xxBatzyxx Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely adore this one!! The rhyming, the vividness, the theme... It's all so very wonderful. Truly there are not enough dragon poems... :heart:
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MensjeDeZeemeermin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
And yet they are so intent upon getting them... Thank you very much.
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xxBatzyxx Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :)
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