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Apprentice
Dragon

Birds I call to join my body,
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wings of wind to twist and twirl,
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lift me up to stars and moonlight,
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mix with mist and run on rain.
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Let me rise above my rooftop,
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grant me wishes without wells,
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I will play with snow-borne rainbows,
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chase his reindeer, ring their bells.
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Soaring lightly, diving steeply,
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plunging weakly to the ground.
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Hear my calling; help I'm falling.
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Ground, you're scary, stay away!
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On waking though, I would be slow,
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to even animate my body.
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To call my limbs to life from slumber,
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or summon will to 'sit up straight',
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to charm my heart to start the chores,
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or will my toes to touch the floors.
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I longed to go to sleep again,
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until one day, you'll hear my friend;
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my dreams became my days:
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The greatest, oldest, wisest man,
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he came so cheery, right to me,
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and I was his apprentice.
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Things I learned in those first days,
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numerous from book and scroll.
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Meditated into memory,
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all the truths of new and old.
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Wit and Will can shape the worldly,
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I invoke the might of mind,
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zenith of my meditation,
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as I leave my flesh behind!
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Gandle cesture, salty circles,
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scrunic rying, I command!
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But I cannot find the words to
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speak now as I wave my hand!
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Abjucation, divi-vision,
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as above me, so behind!
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Help me master, an apprentice
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needs your help to clear his mind.
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I twitch and stir as I wake up
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from a dream once more.
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Peeking from my battered hat,
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I see a fly lift from my beard.
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Then I smile, and think of children,
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as I pet my faithless feline.
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Children just like me -
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before I came to tire faster,
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as I became the aging master.
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7 Jan 04

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I like it, barring a few caveats. The rhythm sometimes seems quite stuttery and the passages that rhyme intersperced with non rhyming passages only add to this problem.

However, I thought "gandle cesture, salty circles, scrunic rying" was excellent.
 — mgill

I especially (well, mostly only) love the italicized parts. As for gandle cesture, I thought you might have mistyped and meant candle gesture!

Some of this seems beyond excellent.
 — Isabelle5

Speaking of "Aprentice"... Did anyone watch that show last night? It was kinda gay, but I watched it all the same. Should be interesting to see how it comes out. What's up with the italics?
 — aforbing

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