Smile for the Dragon

Smile Mother,
I can see you.
You always smile when I can see you.
As if that'll wash away
Everything I've seen.
Listen Mother when I say it that way,
It's near enough to be a lie.
Mother darling, listen close,
My words are simple, pure.
Everything I have seen,
Is everything to be seen.
I know you.
And I can hear the dragon
Right across the corridor-
His flames aren't silent, Mother.
All the neighbors hear,
Yet turn out the lights;
Darkened, comforting lives they have, Mother.
In their lives the dragon has fled
With clean, razor claws.
Such a sweet, sweet dream, Mother: their lives.
But blood drips from the dragon's claws, doesn't it, Mother?
Uneven, just as my heart.

Beat, beat. Beat.

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