Scales, gleaming, flash
emeralds under a jeweler’s lamp
The dragon shakes his spike-crowned head
Golden mane rustles, the sound of the maiden’s skirt.
puncture the hard earth
Diamonds envy their sharpness.
The red west reflects from his eyes
Fire brilliant gems
Wide, yawning, jaws open
revealing dental daggers.
Steel protrudes from one massive flank
a token of battle waged
Belly encrusted with the spoils of war
a trophy none may claim.