About A Shy Dragon

Memoirs of a Dragon

I might be found wandering amidst the fog,
on a slippery, stony beach,
vincinal to the south-eastern tip
of a western isle near North America…..
…..digitally scratching out
…..my travelling thoughts…..

I Seek My Foreign Fairy with the Heart of a Dragoness . . . .

To be a poet you must be crazy about language; and you must believe in the uniqueness of every person, and therefore in your own. To find your voice you must forget about finding it, and trust that if you pay sufficient attention to life you will be found to have something to say which no one else can say. And if at the same time your love of language leads you to develop your vocabulary, your ear, and your form-sense, and if you are scrupulously honest, you will arrive at writing what you apprehend in a way which embodies that vision which is yours alone. And that will be your voice, unsought, singing out from you of itself.
         —Denise Levertov

What you have to realize when you write poetry, or if you love poetry, is that poetry is just naturally the greatest god damn thing that ever was in the whole universe.
         —James Dickey

Adamas Verecundor Draconigena
(The Shy Dragon)

adamas [the hardest steel, adamant];
poet., [anything firm, unyielding, durable]
verecundor [to be bashful, ashamed, shy]
draconigena [dragon-born]


120 thoughts on “About A Shy Dragon

  1. I have to admit it, Your memoirs make me believe in love again …
    I doubt I have ever been more so affected by someones work as I am with yours.
    I cannot get enough of it and I doubt I ever will


  2. I can scarcely imagine my scratchings having that impact on you. I am deeply touched by your kind words. Thank you. Never, EVER give up on love.

    • Your “scratchings” are thee most beautiful things I have read,
      Your blog is one of the few in which I receive notifications directly to my phone.
      Who could give up on love with musings such as yours to read?
      I’m a closet romantic at heart, despite what the world sees so I doubt I could ever truly give up on it.

      Thank YOU
      For the amazing things you write

      • You truly humble me with your generous praise. Thank you. I have only started my ‘scratchings’ a few short weeks ago. And I am heartened you are not giving up! I think we are all closet romantics at heart! Those that admit it, publicly, are those that meekly declare themselves….Poets! Rather a closet romantic, than a closed romantic! I shall never stop writing, now that I have started!

        • So because I feel awkward posting this on one of your blog posts, i figured the about page wouldn’t be SO bad I’ve decided to tag you in a blogger tag game of sorts , please feel free to check out my page to see the rules and questions below and remember, you DO NOT have to answer/play the game



          Romance should never be “closed”, the heart will wither without love and affection and a being shall become blackened, bitter and twisted by hatred

          • Hi Mish! And what a wonderful game! Thank you for inviting me, especially amongst far more talented ‘competitors’! Alas, my Shy Dragon nature is still in full force, so I will temporarily decline. But, I will one day, fully complete this challenge! I may be shy, but I REMAIN a Dragon! For now, a small step sans shyness, here at my ‘About’ page. My name is Greg. Thank you Mish!

            • It is a pleasure to (start getting to) know you Greg 🙂
              and no worries, I know what it’s like to be shy. I went through a terminally shy stage that had (ironically enough) me blurting out the first thing that popped into my head when someone spoke to me (Not fun)

              I look forward to seeing you slowly but surely overcoming your shyness


        • madhu says:

          Am a new blogger.. , finding my way out and finding my feet in this closed yet open world that lies before me. Liked what i found here and enjoyed the idea that “we all are closet romantics at heart”. So true, Shy Dragon!

  3. The coat of arms of Hogwarts shows each house’s mascot and House colours. Clockwise from top left: the Gryffindor lion, the Slytherin serpent, the Ravenclaw eagle, and the Hufflepuff badger.

    The motto translates as “A sleeping dragon is never to be tickled”.
    From Wikipedia.

    Thanks for the follow.

  4. irenejames says:

    thanks for the like! I love your Denise Levertov quote, and the wonderful use of such unusual words in your poetry.

  5. Hello!!! Greetings! Thankyou for following my blog! I love the quotes you have posted here. It’s exactly how i think! Looking forward to reading your poems.

  6. Hi,
    You have a great blog.. Thanks for liking my poem.


  7. sylv says:

    Hi there, I nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger award, which you can check out on my page. Congrats and keep up the great writing 🙂

  8. beeseeker says:

    Thanks for taking the time to look in on my developing blog, always good to have someone of such sensitivity and range looking in, any advice gratefully taken. Please drop in again sometime.

  9. njs says:

    what could be better than poems!!!

  10. davidtrudel says:

    Woo hoo! Love it. It’s all raw and wonderful.

  11. thank you for the blog post like! What a magical imagery you create!

  12. Hi, you that you have been nominated for the Wonderful Team member Readership Award: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2012/09/17/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/

  13. Kalizamar says:

    thanks for dropping by my blog:)
    I’m posting poems from people around the world, would you like to send me one? Any theme as long as it’s written with love…
    I’ve just started writing poems (if you can call them that!) but only in Spanish so far.
    Looking forward to reading your blog in future, saludos

  14. Thanks for stopping by my post recently and liking “Silence”

  15. shellyfaber says:

    Thank you SO much for reading my Poetry, and sharing yours, with us! Beautiful, inspiring for me, especially, as, I’m just starting to ‘put myself out there’. Cheers

  16. 2ndhalfolife says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am a pixie at heart (and maybe blood!) 🙂

  17. So are you…..
    You carry a fine pen in your hand with a wonderful ink.
    Thank you for taking the time to visit me. Blessed be all dragons !

  18. Libby says:

    So glad to find you. Thank you for finding me!

  19. TarekOfCairo says:

    Wow wow wow … I landed on words heaven .. I will be staying a while, picking and packing some of your sizzling, shimmering glittery words .. If you don’t mind … and thank you for dropping by …

  20. kanzensakura says:

    Thanks for visiting and giving me a like. Shy folk are always welcome. You don’t have to do anything – just hang out or wander around the Zen garden. Just please don’t eat my nishikigoi. There’s a nice river nearby with plenty to keep you fed, watered, and amused. Come back again. This samurai only draws her sword to protect her friends and family. Words are breath to me. Dragons and poets have an open invitation to just be themselves.

  21. nightlake says:

    Hello, I’ve nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. Pls check my latest post for more details.

  22. Nazish says:

    Hey there, I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger award. Check my blog post for that 🙂

  23. bussokuseki says:

    Hello There – Thank you for visiting and following my blog! I’ve enjoyed looking through yours as well. Be well~

  24. once4always says:

    i have nominated you for one lovely blog award….have a look at

  25. meiro says:

    It is really an honor to nominate you for the Inspiring Blogger Award and the Sunshine Blogger award.
    Please check on; http://meirozavian.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/nominated-for-awards/.


  26. meiro says:

    I also nominate you for Blog of the Year 2012’ Award
    Please check on; http://meirozavian.wordpress.com/2012/12/08/nominated-for-awards/.


  27. ljlenehan says:

    I have been following your blog for a while and have nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. If you accept the award the details can be found here http://ljlenehan.com/2012/12/08/liebster-blog-award-acceptance-and-nominations/ Congratulations!

  28. windhound says:

    Beautiful work shy dragon. Standing in the shadows or looking from a distance one often has a better view. The mythical dragon, more real than ever.

  29. windhound says:

    Greatly appreciate the Follow and your comments. Dragons have vision.

  30. meiro says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! …… you are nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
    Please check at
    Have a wonderful holiday!

    Best wishes,

  31. e says:

    I love dragons…

  32. Pleasure to meet you shy dragon-:)

  33. Appreciations for the like! 🙂

  34. This is such a lovely blog with really intriguing posts! 🙂 And thank you for visiting mine–I’ll definitely come back to this page and read more of your “scratchings”!

  35. shreejacob says:

    Hello! Thanks for dropping by and liking some of my posts! 🙂 It’s very appreciated!

  36. believe438 says:

    Thank you or liking my poem and I really liked “About A Shy Dragon”!!!!

  37. kelihasablog says:

    I didn’t realize that I had not commented on your site! (Or if I did, I don’t remember cuz things have been crazy in my life lately) But I just wanted to say that I greatly enjoy your work! 😀

  38. andy1076 says:

    Hi! I wanted thank you for following my blog, You have some really beautiful Haikus 🙂

  39. such beautiful, bit scary dragons – now that i am following will return at leisure to savour more – for now ,yes poems are unique like our fingerprints and are that inconcievable complex, subtle strange thought, that if not captured will fly away never to return like that great landscape or sunset that you captured in your camera – this time from your mind by your mind.

  40. Shards Of DuBois says:

    really cool site. Your writing is amazing! I’m stalking you now! lol

  41. D Brockmeyer says:

    Hello friend! Yes, it’s ‘that’ time. I’m just following and passing along: You have been nominated for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award.” Please view my page to accept and take part in this fun award. *hugs* 😀

    • Thank you for the nomination! I am still a bit ‘shy’ about accepting these amazing awards, so I might wait until I have upgraded to at least … ‘bashful’! 🙂

  42. InnerDialect says:

    fabulous blog here !

  43. bgbowers says:

    Denise Levertov – one of my favourites!

  44. TamrahJo says:

    I’ve nominated you for the Epic Awesomeness Award
    with the following:
    Words that reach deep and illustrations that wow –

  45. oh shy dragon,none could be more shy than this humble novice who comes to thank you for liking his poem, that the ‘clouds are free’ . your encouragement only sends me forward and inward, where the words are.

  46. Greetings, Greg!
    There’s a small gift waiting for you. Please visit here:

    Good day! 🙂

  47. Hello Greg – I saw this web page and thought I’d share it with you. Have you seen it? http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/dragon.shtml

  48. Thank you for liking my poem, “The Sigh of the Eternal Glade” today. I am new to WordPress (this month), so I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and I am honored after reading a bit of your work. I love your site too. Looking forward to delving into it! On a side-note…oddly, for about six years I played a character named Draconigena in an MMO. Blessings to a Dragon from an Amazon 😉

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