A Chinese dragon on a wall at the Haikou Yazhou Gu Cheng, Hainan, China, by Anna Frodesiak.
I started off Book Week in St Cuthbert’s Infant School Wells, where we had great fun writing some dragon poems.
Here’s a dragon poem from me, for Tuesday of Book Week!
How to paint a Chinese dragon
Use a bamboo brush
held lightly in three fingers
at the back
Flow the movement
from your shoulder; use Chinese ink
in red or black
Paint a twining
river for the body of your dragon
needs to wind
Then its head, snake
teeth bared, and its crest on the wind
like antennae, add a demon eye
round and wide
Armour your dragon;
curve overlapping scales along
claws on tiger paws, make it dance
upon the air
Paint a pearl
within its mouth, so its magic
takes it where
it can breathe
in clouds, conjure wind and rain
dragon life, take your brush, and
dot its eye.
© Liz Brownlee
In Chinese, 画龙点睛 (huà lóng diǎn jīng) “Paint the dragon, dot the eyes” is a saying meaning adding the finishing touch to something.
I hope you all have a fabulous Book Week, and enjoy every minute of it!