IF WE SLAYED DRAGONS…

If I followed you,
and we wandered through flooded fields of rice,
crossed rivers filled with crocodiles,
traversed snowy mountainsides —

If I followed you to the ends of the earth
and to the end of time —

If I followed you,
and we fought every army to its gates,
lived to hear songs sung of us
and tales told of our feats,
saw every new thing under the sun,
lived till living gave out —

Love, if we slayed dragons
and explored the depths of the sea,
walked upon the clouds —

If we did all this and more,
if we found the glory you’re searching for —

If I followed you to the ends of the earth
and to the end of time —

If I could
I surely would —

If I followed you to the ends of the earth
and to the end of time
would you love me more,
more than you do when we sit beside the fire
and drink wine and eat in peace and dream
to the strain of flute and lyre?

“If We Slayed Dragons” — Notes and Inspirations

I wrote a shorter version of this poem a while ago for a #vss365 prompt on Twitter (#rice if I recall correctly). If you’re curious about #vss365, check out this page — it has all the details.

Anyway, I later expanded the poem into the version you see here, which I think would make a really cute picture book! I may recruit my sister to illustrate my words. If I do, I’ll definitely keep you updated on that!

This poem has an inspiration that I feel is very fitting of Voyage of the Mind, since it’s a place of a lot of crossover. I’ve written a lot about Greek history, my main area of interest in my major, and this poem is inspired by a particular text I’ve studied in detail: the Alexander Romance, actually a collection of many romances that are loosely based around the campaigns and exploits of Alexander the Great in the 4th century B.C.E. I’m currently working on a longer-form article about Philip, Alexander’s father, after which we’ll dive into the history of Alexander here on VotM. I’m sure I’ll touch on the Alexander romances in more detail at some point in the future, but for now suffice to say that they verge on the fantastical!

I hope you enjoyed this poem. I’d love to hear what you thought in the comments, or drop me a line about anything! If you’re looking to read more of my work, try this poem titled “Gentle the Night,” which is inspired by the myth of Selene and Endymion. You can also find my first published collection of short stories and poems, Metamorphosis, on Amazon. As always, thanks so much for reading!

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