That Dragon Tattoo


Toads a’ croaking

The sugarcane high

Fools rushing in

where the angels

fear to fly

Gates broken

Doors blown open

Eucalyptus trees

torn asunder

in claws

of demonic thunder

from a cyclonic breeze

πŸ‰ πŸ‰ πŸ‰

Bells forever tolling

for the souls

strung up on the line

Hung out to dry

Doing the hard time

Yet not a word of goodbye

so what could I do?

She gone with the man

with that dragon tattoo

πŸ‰ πŸ‰ πŸ‰

I seen him hanging around

at the old truck stop

on the outskirts of town

She looked into his eyes

when he stopped her to ask

Was she going his way?

He had a face like a mask

A peddler of snake oil

just passing through

Mayhem ‘n’ venom

was the man

with the dragon tattoo

πŸ‰ πŸ‰ πŸ‰

The preacher was preaching

mannered and mild

Saying foolishness bound up

in the heart of the child

But who can you turn to?

What can you do?

When it’s you who

was born to be wild

Too bitter to swallow

It pierces straight through

She gave her arm to the man

with that dragon tattoo

πŸ‰ πŸ‰ πŸ‰

“There’s no meaning to life.”

. . . some people say

It’s true sometimes

you can see it that way

Some rush to the strange

while others make do

There’s a sting in the tail

of that dragon tattoo

πŸ‰ πŸ‰ πŸ‰

The floodwaters

once raging

in the distance

now receding

Yet in the silence

her loneliness

never leaves me alone

Visions born of fire

Dreams made of stone

Smoke on the water

Flame to the spoon

A broken wooden cross

under a blood red moon

There’s a lonesome track

to a dark racecourse

Someone is out there

beating on a dead horse

πŸ‰ πŸ‰ πŸ‰

Is this existence

a blind witness

to the undertaker of crime?

Or is life in the living

the sowing and the reaping

a privilege divine?

Had she heard the Word

faithful and true?

Yet she never said a thing

so what could I do?

There’s blood on the trail

of that dragon tattoo

πŸ‰ πŸ‰ πŸ‰

~ by David B. Redpath

Inspired by Bob Dylan’s
Man in the Long Black Cloak’

PhotoArt: David B. Redpath Β© 2019

57 thoughts on “That Dragon Tattoo”

    1. Thank you very much Charlie.
      I was just ordering a new dictionary
      to enable me to assimilate your
      intriguing writings. My old one
      fell far short. Even my Rune Stone
      was stumped. Guess I’ll just have
      to use my imagination, if that’s O.K.?

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  2. “Not a word of goodbye…” made me weep. (Not even a note.) Terrific homage and I love your art. S/he knows about the light. The seed may grow and bring healing. Pain teaches us so much.

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  3. Most poignant words and very strong imagery.
    The beating a dead horse line and imagery that comes from it is particularly vivid and distressing for me.
    Reminds of a scene in the film β€˜Catch 22’ where a horse in a darkened alley laid on the road is being brutally beaten by a man with a whip !!!

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    1. A great movie, and book.
      It showed me that when it comes to fighting
      the system, one individual just can’t win.
      So best just transcend the whole damn thing
      … or be sure to have fun trying ✌️😎

      Sorry to cause distress, Don.
      From my equestrian experience, horses are
      friendly & affectionate when treated right πŸ‡

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      1. Just when I get the hang of pocket calculators, fax machines, and pagers
        … they’re all out the window, and you’ve
        got to start all over learning a new device.
        I think I’ve got future shock!
        I best go on strike 😎


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