the dragon's fire

by an'ya

(Published in The Tanka Journal 2014 No. 44)

for all your

years remaining shall it

forever be

as it is in this era

of sweet dreams and lullabies


did you see

the dragon's fire in the sky

last evening

that one I sent to you

from out of our storybook


don't be sad

it has just slipped behind

a mountain range

and was swallowed by the lake

for a while to quench its flames


never fear

sleepy head the sun will rise

soon again

and although days may bring

problems in another life


nighttime shall be

no other child's fantasy

trans-versing time

is this mother's gentle chiding

awake my slumberous princess