This poem is inspired by my seven year old grand-daughter Apsara who lives and breathes dragons, and hopes to meet one someday!
What language do dragons speak?
The answer to this important question I must find out,
For if ever I meet a dragon,
I’ll want to speak to him without a doubt.
I must find out in which language I must ask,
A dragon all the things that I want to know –
And I hope the dragon will understand my accent;
I’ll make sure of course, that my words come out slow.
Will the dragon speak English, Hindi, French, or Greek?
If you have ever spoken to a dragon, will you please tell me,
How did you communicate with the dragon?
In which language did you speak to him? Then, I'll get ready.
If I have to learn a new language, I must prepare
And it's better that I start learning it right away -
Because in case I ever meet a dragon,
I must be quite sure of what to say!
GRANDPA, LET’S RACE!
“Come grandpa,” I shout. “Let’s have a race!
I know of course, that you can’t match my pace.
But I’ll slow down just a bit – (not enough to let you win though)
But we can see just how fast we can go.
What’s that you’re saying? You’re too old to run?
I don’t agree, grandpa dear – running is so much fun.
I love to pound the driveway with my feet, and feel the wind blow,
And mama says running helps me to grow.
Grandpa, why don’t you just turn off the switch in your head that makes you feel old?
Then, start running with all your might – be fearless and bold!
I’m sure you’ll have such great fun, grandpa, all you have to do is agree,
To forget you’re old, and have a running race with me!”