Dragon's Breath Cabochon, Set in Gold Metal
Angie Macri

Dragon's Breath Cabochon, Set in Gold Metal

The round top
of fire caught,
dragon long gone,
is a reminder

of what the dragon guarded:
god’s treasure,
apple tree in the garden,
and man’s treasure,
all the gold in the world
in one apple.

The ore
forms an apple
buried in the strata
of the garden.

Not an opal
but a red glass apple
at the throat
holds the dragon’s
last breath, blue
or purple, poured

as metal in glass
when both were liquid.
It forms
on the woman’s hand,

at her neck
so the man can
remember,
so the woman can
feel breath in the prints
of her fingers.

Angie Macri

is the author of Underwater Panther (Southeast Missouri State University), winner of the Cowles Poetry Book Prize, and Fear Nothing of the Future or the Past (Finishing Line). Her recent work appears online at Arkana, Terrain.org, and Waccamaw. An Arkansas Arts Council fellow, she lives in Hot Springs.