I recently took a break from my revisions to play with a sudden idea for something very different. I was having conversation with a writing friend about her new kitten, named Dragon, and his dragonish qualities, like his dragon heart. I asked if he had a dragon’s voice though, and it turns out he’s quite squeaky! With leaps and bounds, this led us both into separate ideas for a children’s story about a dragon seeking his roar.
Because it all looked rather Dr. Seuss-ish in my head, I ended up spending a week writing a rhyming tale of baby dragon Squeak and his search, in all the wrong places, for his very own roar. I’ll offer the initial qualifier that I am not a poet, and offer a few verses just for fun.
And so the days passed, and the baby dragons grew,
Named for the sounds of their first cry and hue,
Gree and Fwoof and their fine brother Squeak,
Who hated his name, sounding so soft and so meek.
He was a brave dragon, he knew this was true,
He knew that his roar should be brave and strong too.
He tried and he tried, and then he tried even more,
Opened his mouth and produced a shocking squeak.
“Don’t worry, my child,” his kind mother soothed,
A serene dragon she was, not easily moved.
“You’ll find your own roar, just like all your kin.
Just remember your roar must come from within.”