There’s No Smoke Without Dragons by Celia Warren

The title of the anthology was the idea of Celia Warren and so it was a pleasure to ask Celia to write the title poem. We are delighted to share it with you. 

THERE’S NO SMOKE WITHOUT DRAGONS 

Celia Warren 

Black smoke drifts from ancient chimneys. 

Grey smoke billows from a bonfire. 

Blue smoke hangs around old men’s lips 

But 

It’s no joke: 

                   There’s no smoke 

                   Without dragons. 

There's No Smoke Without Dragons

 

Smelly smoke rises from barbecued burgers. 

Thick smoke surges from factory flues. 

Thin smoke winds from a failing firework 

But 

It’s no joke: 

            There’s no smoke 

            Without dragons. 

Stare into the black and discover flaring nostrils. 

Gaze within the grey smoke and spot a breath of flame. 

Look beyond the blue smoke and see a glint of silver 

For 

It’s no joke: 

                         There’s no smoke 

                        Without dragons. 

Breathe in the smelly smoke and taste a lump of charcoal 

Peer within the thick smoke and glimpse a lashing claw. 

Follow trails of thin smoke – find an arrow-pointed tail 

For 

It’s no joke: 

                          There’s no smoke 

                          Without dragons. 

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3 responses

26 04 2010
Zoe

Wow! Celia that’s a wonderful poem – I can’t wait to share it with my year 5 class.

Loving this, keep working on it folks, it’s brill! Good luck with getting it published.

26 04 2010
celiawarren

Glad you enjoyed it, Zoe. Hope your children do, too. And isn’t Sue’s gorgeous illustration the icing on the cake? 🙂

11 05 2010
Charlotte

Wow – a super poem with great illustration! Love it 🙂

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