Beware: Horsies

On some far, distant planet
Horses are mythological
Stories told to saplings and dragonettes of
Long-maned, round-eyed monsters whose
Sharp, round feet slash the soft ground,
Big teeth tearing innocent weeds.

“Daddy”, says young Joka,
“Look under my bed for me!
I am afraid
of horsies”
Daddy folds his wings and
Stretches long claws out across the warm
Cave floor, peering into the night
With flaming eyes.
“You are safe, darling. There are no
Horsies here.”

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