Bestiary for the End Times

Olm (Slovenia)
The woods are lovely, dark
and deep, and lost in them
somewhere, sometime
is a fleshy, brass-headed dragon
whose teeth are seeds and whose
weathers are the foul moods
of an empire in its death-throes.
Hey dragon-cito, may your
embryonic hatchlings be born
again one day in the amphora
of Slovenian caverns, in the jelly-
egged fungus of her wet music
in the impossible dark silvered filaments
that catch the light and hold it
deep underground. You, brass-headed
dragon, you know better than we
that nature has no prisons, only wombs.
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