the life of dragons

we here once were dragons
who in this pit did dwell
a fire-breathing brotherhood
conceived and forged in hell

beset by constant evil
compelled by one just aim
we shed a peaceful softer skin
for scales, and wings, and flame

we never looked for glory
we never sought a fight
but any harm or wrong be done
and we would put it right

no enemy or conflict
brought fear or gave us pause
though fierce, we acted fairly
according all our laws

for decade upon decade
we served our village well
we took up every single cause
we answered every bell

but something of all violence
it cuts, it takes a part
from what remained for each of us
a warm and gentle heart

and so, while we’re still able
to set the world on fire
the kindest thing you all can do
is let your friends retire

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