Knowledge

The first time I crossed I was wind, 
or a dream of wind. 
Scales and a gaping maw. 
And claws for ripping and rending. 
.
A dragon I was
I wore years in sparse coats of pin feathers 
and no ruff to speak of. My cry immature 
my appetite near impossible to sate. 
.
I fed on time, on knowledge and on knowing. 
I consumed the yellow nectar of the day 
and the ice flowers of the night 
and my feathers grew bright to death. 
Fire and heat and I sank into the light.
.
I came again among men, a monster of the sea 
with an appetite greater than the world. 
I gorged on ripples and on froth 
and crunched scale and bone 
until I had grown to full. 
.
I became the sea and all it held. 
With wings to fly its greatest depths.
I bore sons and daughters, 
nations of fishers and fish wives. 
Half the world of men I sired
.
I came the last time as a man 
who was the earth and was the sea
for the power and knowledge of it all 
flowed through me. Blood of brine 
and breathe of mountain ice and stream. 
.
And all was pain, air thin and toxic, 
my skin to tight to wear and head alight 
with knowing beyond its capacity. 
I felt the pressure of lungs collapse 
of ribs subside, as I shrunk and died.
.
I am leaving now 
and beside me swims the blue 
and gallop the black, 
the behemoth and the unicorn
.
on silver paths from dusk to dawn. 
Gone with the power and the knowing. 
Gone to the universe end. 
the earth is done with beasts and men.

© Dave Kavanagh @ daithiocaomanaigh.com

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