Beast of a Word

inscribed on medieval manuscript

beast of a word

found gold-foiled on the margin

it had head and tail

wrapped as if consuming itself

its body plump with the word

eyes peered out in protective stance

reptilien eyes yet not reptile

what looked like a dragon of lore

a dragon it was not

tail was pronged three sharp points

used to whip out at foe

at which a venom would flow

the sting most painful

feet and hands were clawed

clinging to the word

that word was hate

 

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NaPoWriMo prompt – ekphrasis of a marginalia

 

 

 

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Beast of a Word