“The Dragon” by Marjaneh Amirshahi

I am not afraid of the fire
I am not afraid of the wind
I am not afraid of the storm
I am not afraid of the tornado
I am afraid of the calm

When calm arrives
I have usually expired
When calm arrives
I have usually become numb
When calm arrives
I have usually left a long time ago

I decided to leave
Not to see the dragon anymore
I met the dragon long time ago when I was very young
But I closed my eyes
I did not see the flames, but felt them
Then I told myself
The flames were the summer heat
I told myself
The flames were young love
I told myself
The flames were the passion
I told myself the flames
Were the lust
But I saw the flames

I pretended I was cold
Needed the flames to keep me warm
I pretended I was blind
Needed the flames as my light
I pretended I was sleep
Needed the smoke from the flames to wake me up

I just closed, pretended there were no flames
I don’t like the dragon
I can’t pretend there is no flame anymore
I am not cold
I am not blind
And I am not sleep
I am calm
And I have left a long time ago.

Marjaneh Amirshahi

All Rights Reserved

© 2010


  1. lkthayer · February 10, 2010

    Marjaneh, i have witnessed you blossom into a beautiful poet with great depth. Bravo. Welcome to The Juice Bar!! LK 🙂

    • Marjaneh · February 10, 2010

      Hi Lisa:

      Thank you very much for your encouragement. It means the wotld to me.

  2. anniew3000 · February 10, 2010

    Oh, Marjaneh!
    Your relentless self-exploration always moves me. You transcend your (supposed) limitations and are a shining star.
    Alexis Rhone Fancher

  3. Marjaneh · February 10, 2010

    Dear Alexis:

    Thank you for being there and listening to me. I feel blessed to have you with me in my journey.

  4. Karen Ross · February 10, 2010

    Marjaneh, I am so glad I had a chance to read your poem. I was moved by it when you read it last week and thought how courageous you have become in your writing.

  5. Julie · February 10, 2010

    Marjaneh, even more powerful reading it! I love this! So deep , so raw. Fantastic.


  6. Lordy · February 11, 2010

    Such a calm poem……. Crafted so well ~~~

  7. candice Rosales · February 12, 2010

    Marjaneh, I loved this poem, so precise and true.

    I am a big fan of your work!

  8. Adesh Kaur · February 18, 2010

    Wow Marjaneh, You are a wonderful poet. I love reading your deepening truth and witnessing your growth as an artist. Brave, you are. Bless you, beauty.

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