February 15, 2022

The Water Dragons, By Lorraine Schein

(I-Ching, Hexagram 1, Yang--Immersed Dragon)

"Heavy rain is dragon rain," the Chinese say.

It’s not pouring cats and dogs—it’s pouring dragons today.

Gripping the clouds with their black claws,

their tails lash and rumble against the gray sky, 

releasing silver-scaled streams.


When I click open my umbrella,

their fiery breath pours lightning down,

burning a ragged hole where

the glistening rain pours through.


My hair streams with rivulets like the dragons’ manes

as they race above me, a fleet of pelting beasts.


O to be a rain dragon, exultant in my power!

Under the cleansing torrents of this wild maelstrom,

I forget being human and its sorrows,

I forget everything but my dragon power--

the power to heal, burst and flood away rigid paradigms.


Heaven is my ocean.

I growl, beat my wings, swerve up past the moon           

and join my clan snaking through the heavens.


An aerial flotilla immersed in waves of lizard-green,

glint-gold sunlight, polyp-red coral, lagoon-turquoise,

all glorious in the aquatic sky,

my thunder of dragons!

Lorraine Schein is a New York writer. Her work has appeared in VICE Terraform, Strange Horizons, and Mermaids Monthly, and in the anthology, Tragedy Queens: Stories Inspired by Lana del Rey & Sylvia Plath. The Futurist’s Mistress, her poetry book, is available from Mayapple Press: www.mayapplepress.com

Cover Image: Hokusai
Cover Design: Amanda Bergloff 

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Ryan E. Holman said...

I find the imagery in this very evocative -- I especially enjoy the descriptions of colors in the closing stanza.

Lorraine said...

Thanks--glad you liked it! I enjoyed writing that part.

Unknown said...

Making dragons positive instead of dangerous and destructive - nice change!

Lorraine Schein said...

Thanks! Not my change though--dragons are seen as lucky omens and wonderful creatures in China, unlike in the West.

HulderMN said...

Formidable dragons, exulting in their unique cleansing power-- Beautiful & a little terrifying! ❤

Lorraine said...

Thanks--you're right, such power can be scary!