POEM: Fuel & Fools

Source: Wikipedia (Public Domain)

Source: Wikipedia (Public Domain)

It was a fire-breathing preacher,

a hard-core and ceaseless teacher,

of lessons they said they wanted none.

Yet, it belched them out by the ton.

Spitting fire and dreadful lies

from the freedom of the skies.

And all about, its fires burned.

And people wailed like lovers spurned.

And then one day there came sage.

He found some sad, some in a rage.

“What troubles you folk,” he inquires.

“From far above, it slings these fires!

Can you save us, you wise old man,

from life in this blasted frying pan?”

“Every fire requires a fuel,

And every lie, a willing fool.

Do you feed the beast, or in its fires bask?”

“Neither, of course, and how dare you ask!”

“I can douse the flames, but they’ll flare right back,

if you fuel them with your petty, piddling yak.”

“Just do it, old man, before we all burn!”

“OK, I’ll give you this one chance to learn.”

So, pulling a hose, off the sage marched.

“Mighty dragon, you must be terribly parched?”

“You know, breathing fire IS a thirsty job.”

At a nod, minions spun the spigot knob.

The water caught the grateful dragon in the throat.

Steam rose, ash spewed, and that’s all she wrote.

With no fire to breath, the dragon flew off,

sputtering out its last ashen cough.

The town was saved, or so it appeared.

But it was as the sage had feared.

Soon, some dabbled in volatile mixtures–

at weakest moments, becoming fixtures.

And the fools? Oh, they missed the glow

of the dragon’s garish and tawdry show.

And soon enough, conditions were right

for the dragon’s fire to again alight.

POEM: Thar Be Dragons

Source: Wikipedia (Public Domain)

Source: Wikipedia (Public Domain)


Where dunes are whisked in wisps down the valleys

Quiet as midnight in pitch black alleys

Thar be dragons

Where boxes tumble into churning seas

Submerging with the ease of a sea breeze

Thar be dragons

When you twitch into the deeps of sleep

Amid the bleating of counted sheep

Thar be dragons

DAILY PHOTO: Dragon Head at Đình Nam Hương

Taken on December 26, 2015 in Hanoi

Taken on December 26, 2015 in Hanoi


Đình Nam Hương is a Buddhist temple across the road from Hoàn Kiếm Lake in the heart of Hanoi. It’s a small but beautiful temple.

DAILY PHOTO: Tháp Rùa by Night

Taken on December 26, 2015 in Hanoi

Taken on December 26, 2015 in Hanoi


Tháp Rùa is the Turtle Tower in the middle of Hoàn Kiếm Lake, which is the “Lake of the Returned Sword” or–more simply–“Sword Lake.” The lake is in the heart of modern-day Hanoi, and is sacred in Vietnamese folklore.


As the story goes, a Turtle god surfaced on this lake to ask a King named Lê Lợi to give up his sword. The sword was called “Heaven’s Will” (i.e. Thuận Thiên) and was said to have been given to the King by a local deity called the Dragon King (i.e. Long Vương.) Apparently, the Vietnamese King took a “the gods giveth, and the gods taketh away stance,” turning the sword over to the Turtle deity.

What it looks like in daylight

What it looks like in daylight