Dragon Girl

Áine was a girl aged nine,
who made a mess from time to time;
but on this one particular day
she became much too curious … with a price to pay.

Her mother was leaving for the shops:
“Don’t open the door or your magic stops!”
But as Áine’s mother decides to leave,
little Áine has some tricks up her sleeve.

She quickly entered her mother’s room;
and as her mother’s a witch, she took the broom.
She reached for a potion on top of the shelf,
and knocked all the others over herself .

“Oh no!” screamed Áine, “Mother will kill me!”
So she ran downstairs to make some tea.
Then she spotted a rather suspicious egg,
as wide as a table, as high as a leg.

She inspected the egg from top to bottom,
then threw it in the mighty cauldron.
It bubbled and bubbled, steam rising high;
suddenly it cracked … and out popped an eye!

At this stage she backed away very slow,
And out came a dragon with a mighty blow;
he scalded the child from head to toe.

Suddenly Áine started to change:
with her eyes growing narrow, she felt rather strange;
all of a sudden she sprouted scales,
and her ears curled in, her face got impaled.

She grew a snout from the end of her nose;
and claws popped out in place of her toes.
Her teeth all popped out, replaced by fangs;
inside her heart she felt a series of bangs!

Now she put her hands, shakily, to her face,
And realised her head had completely changed.
All of a sudden, her hands felt manged.

She grew claws from her fingertips;
The pain was immense, unbearable.
Her legs then grew, unstoppable!
She grew muscular, with a very large tail,
and grew spikes from her spine with a searing wail.

She tried to scream, but instead spat fire;
she grew out of the house as tall as a spire.
The house was in flames, and she felt the stings;
all of a sudden she grew forty-foot wings!

Then the two dragons flew away,
never ever to be seen on any day.

About the Author

Aaron Clarke

Aaron Clarke is 13 and attends Coláiste Cois Siúire in Mooncoin, where he has gone into second year. Aaron likes to play hurling and sports, and also does boxing.