There is a dragon within the wind whose bite cuts straight to the trembling bone, and though no wounds remain aft to mend, the bite lingers, still, like seeds deep sown. The dragon seeks with its pallid eye heartbeats by hearth, by fire, those warm lives that flee from it as it roams nearby, its keen unseen teeth like icy knives.
The backcloth sky is but harsh white wool through which the bleak, blank sun often glows cold, far-off, like a corpselight of Yule when the biting air swells up and blows. We are scorned by that distant-drawn sun for yesterday’s oft ungrateful cheer, our Summer arrogance now undone by the Yule dragon’s icicle sneer.
Elder-aged, now, I lay all alone in this Yuletide season of the cold and try to sleep, but I toss and groan, wondering how I became so old. The dragon snorts, then groans, too, and sighs, and licks at me through a frosted crack; will I survive till the dragon dies, just long enough for Spring to come back?
Stephen Marshall. Writer, illustrator, layabout. Find him on Amazon, maybe. He has paperback and kindle books listed there. He seems to have a knack for the Romance genre, much to his chagrin. Having pursued Children's literature he is particularly proud of his Children's novel series "Lost And Found", which begins with "Chloe Among The Clover", continues recently with "Stormy Within The Strawberry Patch" and may, in some future potentiality, culminate with "Candice Through The Picket Fence". These are novels for children (including his insistent nephew), but they are also written for adults who are children at heart. His short story collection, "The Eldritch Diaries", centers primarily upon Cosmic Horror and Body Horror, combining Lovecraft's mythos with the motifs of Sigmund Freud. His largest poetry collection, "Broken Crown Kings", contains over two hundred poems and two short novellas concerning the fleeting nature of the world and Man's place within it. Recently he has published a smaller book of poetry concerning Kentucky, Moonshine, and Ghosts called "Moonshine And Spirit Chasers". A much larger collection, entitled '"Nevermore" 99 Rhymes For $0.99' is also available. For those seeking supernatural and folklore, his collection "Weeping Cherry" is available also. The copy in print features original watercolor illustrations.
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