Dragon Lady

Elizabeth Taylor


The scent hits you first
crushed velvet rose petals with a hint
of vanilla
a delicate balance of
and sweet

The eyes stop you
dead in your tracks
piercing and blinking
almost darting
yet straightforward
all at the same time

They are near violet
for their blue is too
deep to even be
colored oceanic

Then comes the first step
towards you
towards who
or right to the corner
to hide in the darkness alone

Then you can feel her
dizzying and draining
and all you can see
and all you can feel
are twisted black dragons
and fire

And smoke clears as she
shyly comes through the door


© Jennifer Patino (2016)

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