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Advice to a young sylv-i-an dragon on going to school

Advice to a young sylv-i-an dragon on going to school

when you step out of the wood and go first time to school
You have to be so specially careful if you’re really a dragon
To put the most innocent expression on your face you can find
And not flip your flappers (unless the others don’t mind)
You must be very strict with yourself – be sure not to act the fool
You’d be far happier i think to get your mother to tie a tag on

Saying – this dragon is sweet no matter how fierce she seems
And letting everyone know you were born in a wood (well at least
A sylv-i-an creature) and not used to clatterings and bangings
That can set a dragon’s scales on edge with their thwangings
Schools never are you know the paradise of your dreams
They have a tendency in everyone to bring out the beast

Or maybe when you get there you should do a dragon-dance
And get everyone hopping around the place breathing fire
Or burn up a prince or two – to show how that game is played
Taking their minds off the fact you have a back like a saw-blade
And a tail so fierce it would keep the bravest child at a distance
But whatever else you do dear dragon definitely do not perspire

A perspiring dragon will have the whole school holding its noses
Dainty dragons do not sweat – the first lesson to be deeply learned
In any dragon’s book of school-etiquette – a proper dragon-daughter
Must always carry with her a large supply of odour-cologne-water
(for use ten times a day) to keep her sweeter than a bunch of roses –
So advised (o young sylv-i-an dragon) you will never be spurned



Poem Advice to a young sylv-i-an dragon on going to school - Rg Gregory
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