Hic Draconis

The Wonderful Art of Cartography

 

The edges of  old maps
Were clearly marked,
“Dragons be here”,
To advise those
Brave souls venturing
Beyond home
Of the perils that lurk
In these recesses
Of Earth.

Shy, inky, fire creatures
Inhabit the corners
Of the world,
Guarding boundaries,
Shouldering the areas
Where mapmakers’
Knowledge could
Not or should
Not reach.

Quests were planned
Around the empty spaces
Where dragons were.
Or else in search for
The named unknown
Hovering on horizons
Not in deterrence,
But enticement.
And that was
Wonder.

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