Slaying Winter's Dragon


Deborah P. Kolodji


The white monster gone - greenery restored,
coils of snowy drifts - melted memories,
icicle scales destroyed by sunlight's sword
puffs of dragon breath killed by the warm breeze.
A boy wears branches, green leaves,and flowers
running through cornfields on St. George's Day,
as winter's venom dies, the field workers
return & children dream of barefoot play.
Warm ground is safe now - its poison has passed,
the dragon has been slain - life can resume,
as cattle are released to pasture, cast
out of their winter barns. Spring once more blooms,
Earth festively green with grasses & ferns
until that cold day the dragon returns.





  Author Bio

Deborah P. Kolodji lives in California and works in information technology to support her poetry habits and pay for her children's college tuition. In addition to Twilight Times, her poems have appeared in Star*Line, Scifaikuest, Tales of the Unanticipated, Dreams and Nightmares, Modern Haiku, The Heron's Nest, Eclectica, and many other places.

Two of Deborah's poems have been nominated for a Rhysling Award by the members of the Science Fiction Poetry Association (http:\\ One of Deborah's haiku will be in the 2003 Red Moon Anthology.

Deborah is also the Editor and Co-founder of Amaze: The Cinquain Journal, a webzine and print-zine devoted to the cinquain poetry form. (http:\\

Other poems by Deborah

"Angels Aflame"
"Ghosts of the Intersection"
"Ghost in the Cybermist"
"Love Bug Virus"
"Secret Agent"
"Shipwreck Songs"





"Slaying Winter's Dragon" 2004 Deborah P. Kolodji. All rights reserved.
Published by permission of the author.


This page last updated 01-20-04.

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