Advice to a young dragon

Listen my hatchling, for now you shall hear

Of the only seven slayers a dragon must fear.

First beware Pride, lest belief in one’s might

Has you discount the foeman who is braving your sight.

Never Envy other dragons their wealth, power, or home

For dark plots and pans will bring death to your own.

Your Wrath shouldn’t win, when spears strike your scale

Anger kills cunning, which you will need to prevail.

A dragon must rest, but Sloth you should dread

Else long years of napping let assassins to your bed.

“Greed is good.” Or so foolish dragons will say

Until piles of treasure bring killing thieves where they lay.

Hungry is your body, and at times you must feed

But Gluttony makes fat dragons, who can’t fly at their need.

A hot Lust for glory, gems, gold or mates

Leads reckless young drakes to the blackest of fates.

So take heed of this wisdom, precious hatchling of mine,

And the long years of dragonhood are sure to be thine.

Found in “Dragon Champion” from E.E. Knight

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