If You Are a Dragon… Stand Up!

I rarely post anything like this. However, I have the feeling this may bring comfort to readers feeling “too different” in a world that not only seems to aspire to conformity, but also dictate (often impossible) standards. That is a social virus that’s borne of — and spawns — deep self-hatred. It can strip us of our innate sense of faith, power and goodness.

In this world, we have so much in common. Focusing on the differences — in ways that divide rather than bond us — is so very sad.

If you are a monster, stand up.
….If you have been broken, stand up.
If you have been broken, abandoned, alone
If you have been starving, a creature of bone
If you live in a tower, a dungeon, a throne
If you weep for wanting, to be held, to be known,
Come stand by me.
If you are a savage, stand up.
If you are a witch, a dark queen, a black knight,
If you are a mummer, a pixie, a sprite,
If you are a pirate, a tomcat, a wright,
If you swear by the moon and you fight the hard fight,
Come stand by me.
If you are a devil, stand up.
If you are a villain, a madman, a beast,
If you are a strowler, a prowler, a priest,
If you are a dragon come sit at our feast,
For we all have stripes, and we all have horns,
We all have scales, tails, manes, claws and thorns
And here in the dark is where new worlds are born.
Come stand by me.
Catherynne Valente (author)

It’s time to revel in what makes us each as unique and beautiful as snowflakes. It’s time to find other outliers — those who will (perhaps quietly, at first) build and share our dreams. Dreams that inspire us to live better, happier, and more connected lives.

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.
Arthur O’Shaughnessy (poet)

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