What Dragons Learn From Fairytales

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.” G.K. Chesterton

Fairytales tell dragons

That children often win,

While flame and wings are wonderful

Advantage goes to skin.

And princesses, though tasty,

Will always be pursued,

They learn they have one tender spot,

And swords are sharp, though crude.

They learn that cunning riddles

Will only help a bit,

That well aimed spears and arrows

Will substitute for wit.

They learn how hoards draw thieves by night

And act like magnets for a knight

So really now discretion is

The better part of doing right.

And that is why our children ask

If dragons are quite real

Since dragons learned from fairytales

What’s better to conceal.

We meet them every day, disguised,

Hiding their claws and scales,

Helping the poor and old because

They learned from fairytales.