A Dragon Named Paul

In a faraway land where the sea meets the sky,
And the hills are marshmallows and the rocks are alive,
Live a colony of dragons – the regular sort –
With fire-breathing bellies, who eat children for sport.

They fill children with fear, and animals too
(When there’s no girls for dinner, a puppy will do).
Their breath is appalling, their manners atrocious,
Breeding fear and loathing is their only true focus.

Except for one dragon who’s not scary at all,
A mild-mannered dragon the others call Paul.
He’s not big nor ferocious, in fact he’s quite sweet
(Once you get used to the pong of his feet).

He doesn’t eat children for breakfast or lunch
He doesn’t like dinner with knee bones to crunch.
The others all think he is rather peculiar
Except for his true dragon love, Jumpy Julia
(Who unlike her dragon friends, simply can’t fly,
She jumps round instead, but that’s by the by,
This story’s of Paul and his wonderful nature,
I promise to tell you about Julia later).

This dragon called Paul always knew he was not
Like all other dragons – his breath was not hot.
And his claws were not sharp and his teeth were not long
And he often broke out into loud bursts of song.

He couldn’t breathe fire and would not abide
By the grizzly rules of his kind – though he tried.
He thought he should be like the others, you see,
But he couldn’t be the dragon he felt he should be.

So he went it alone (except for Julia, of course,
And, oh, did I mention they befriended a horse?
And a cat with no tail, and a dog with no nose,
And a boy who had snails where he should have had toes).

They banded together, not alone anymore
For there’s safety in numbers when you’ve been shown the door
By the ‘Normal Folk’ living their lives by the rules,
Who think of the outcasts as idiots and fools.

This rather eclectic and strange looking crew,
Were happy together and started to do
All sorts of good deeds for the poor and the friendless,
They might look quite odd but their niceness was endless.

They travelled together led by our friend Paul,
Who despite his mild manners wasn’t too bad at all
At taking control, and keeping things fair
And making the gang brush their teeth and their hair.

They travelled together doing good deeds a plenty,
And growing their gang which quite soon numbered twenty.
And Paul came to realise he was special and gifted
In making the spirits of the lonely be lifted.

He no longer wanted to make himself be
A ‘good’ dragon because he had quite come to see
That being like others is quite over-rated.
When you are special that should be celebrated.

[A rapidly written first draft of a poem for my friend Marianne’s dragon-mad children]

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48 Responses to A Dragon Named Paul

  1. Debra G says:

    LOVE it. Polish it and find an illustrator. it would make a terrific children’s picture book. EXACTLY the type of book I’d buy for Noah 🙂

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    • PookyH says:

      Awww, thanks D – Ellie was just too taken by the idea of marshmallow hills to think about much else and Lyra simply sat quietly until I’d finished reading and said ‘Well, it’s not boring Mummy’.

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  2. beeseeker says:

    Delightful piece, I love the rhythm and the rhyme … and the little moral tucked away at the end.
    … and, in my experience that counts as true praise from a child (your reply to Debra G).
    Keep writing.

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  3. This is wonderful! I must print this out for my grandchildren! It cries out for some great illustrations!

    Christine

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  4. PS your name wii, of course, be printed out too. I would love fo share this on my facebook page.

    Christine

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  5. I echo all other comments, Pooky! This is delightful and loved the flow, rhyme and characters, too. I think it would make a wonderful children’s book with fun illustrations. I also love the subtle message that could touch the hearts of adults, as well…I’m following you now! Lauren 🙂

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    • PookyH says:

      Thanks for following Lauren and for your kind words. My hope is that if I write a poem of some kind every day then I’ll learn and improve, we shall see! But I’m glad you like Paul. I just suddenly found myself thinking ‘what if there was a dragon called Paul, what a silly name for a dragon’ and I had to find out all about him, which I did as I wrote the poem. I’m sure I should probably plan and then write!

      I will head to your blog to see what you’ve been up to once I’ve replied to all the lovely comments folk have left. The joy of blogging! x

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      • I actually like the name, Paul, for a nice dragon! It fits and sometimes, thoughts come out better while writing then when we plan..:) I’ve had my blog for 2 years now and I think I’ve improved since day one…reading other blogs really helps. I’m still very humble to have the following I have, along with my fb poetry page. So I don’t take anything for granted, but it’s a wonderful outlet and I’m just happy others have been touched. That’s how I felt when reading both of your poems…Thanks for offering to visit when you get a chance, too! Have a lovely weekend! xx

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      • PookyH says:

        People would not follow and engage if you weren’t writing well and touching hearts xxx

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  6. This is a delight of a poem (I’ve read it aloud 3 times), one for both the young and the young at heart. The message at the end is beautifully done and brings added depth to a wonderful story. I’m 62 years old and because of health issues I can no longer do many things. Along with the joy, this poem brings comfort to my childlike spirit. I too see it has a future as an illustrated book.

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    • PookyH says:

      I’m glad it brought you some smiles – it was fun to write and a felt a real affinity with Paul… I will head to your blog once I’ve responded to all your comments (for which, thank you) and have a look around x

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  7. Brenda says:

    I love this one! Great rhythm and rhyming. Do you want me to reblog it? I’ll read the others later. 🙂

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  8. Brenda says:

    Reblogged this on Friendly Fairy Tales and commented:
    A wonderful, light-hearted rhyming poem about a dragon by PookyH. I hope you enjoy it! Have a great weekend! Brenda

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  9. KidazzleInk says:

    Loved it Brenda. A wonderful verse to lead into a dragon, fairy tale, travel buddy theme for children. How old am I? I just adored it too. Well done.

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  10. willowdot21 says:

    I absolutely love this!!

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  11. acuriousgal says:

    Going to share this with my kiddos, adorable!!

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  12. Cubby says:

    This is so sweet and magical. Absolutely love it. What a beautiful lesson to share with children. 🙂

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    • PookyH says:

      Thanks Cubby. This was one of my first but still my girls’ favourite (followed closely by the crocodile one).

      I always think of myself as very unimaginative but these story poems seem to bring out my whimsical side 🙂

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  13. Jashaél says:

    I love this! ❤

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  14. Winding road says:

    I’ll have to read this to my daughter today. She would love it and it sends such a wonderful message.

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