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The dragons in our lives, and in the world

The Reluctant Dragon illustrated by Inga Moore

I'm still under the weather, but popping in just long enough to post the following words by Rainer Maria Rilke. I was feeling in need of them today, and perhaps you are too....

In Letters to a Young Poet, he writes: "How should we be able to forget those ancient myths that are at the beginning of all peoples, the myths about dragons that at the last moment turn into princesses; perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love."

The illustration is by Inga Moore, from "The Reluctant Dragon" by Kenneth Grahame.

The Reluctant Dragon illustrated by Inga Moore

Comments

what a beautiful dragon!

Awwwwwwww.

Wonderful to hear that there's more Kenneth Grahame out there besides, "The Wind In the Willows" (One of my favorites.)

that is my favourite quote ever. I hope you feel better soon.

Hoping to make sick Terri laugh.

The Princess Turns

Looking in the mirror,
the princess turns,
skirts bivalving around her.

She looks little like a dragon,
though once her nails were hard,
brown, broken.

Her hair once crinkled,
cracked, split-ended,
dyed green.

Her belly once bloated,
bones bleached, eyes runny,
teeth yellowed.

Amazing what a night
in a spa, good dentists,
detox, delousing can do.

The princess turns.

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Beautiful dragon. I remember that story.

Oh, Jane, you made me laugh on a difficult day. Thank you! And, Terri, I am so grateful for this quote--I'd forgotten it, and it's just what I needed to read. Here be dragons, and we shall prevail. Many thanks to both of you.

You have indeed made me laugh!!!! Bless you.

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