The knight sat on his horse and sighed
“Come out foul beast, you cannot hide
In your lair. So come and fight
If you have the appetite?”
From the cave there came a snort
“I say old chap” came the retort
“Why are you bothering me?
I’m a peaceful soul, can’t you see?”
The knight was suitably unimpressed
It had taken him ages to get dressed.
His suit of armour was a pain
And he didn’t fancy taking it off again.
His horse was starting to attract flies
And sweat was getting in his eyes.
“I say, you callow beast, come and fight.”
The knight was sweating, quite a sight.
“There’s no need to be rude” the dragon said.
“You’re the one whose face is all red.
“Let’s agree” said the dragon in a conciliatory tone
“That we resolve this by paper, scissors, stone?”
The knight sat and thought this through.
His options were decidedly few.
If the dragon wouldn’t come out
All he could do was hang about.
Which he didn’t want to do.
He had a dental appointment at half past two.
The knight looked down at his feet and sighed again.
His feet were a twelve, his armour a size ten.
“Oh bugger it” he muttered under his breath.
“If you’re not willing to fight to the death,
Rock, paper, scissors will have to do.”
Then the dragon popped out, right on cue.
It was decidedly smaller than the knight had thought.
The teenie, tiny, shrimpy sort.
“Bloody hell” the knight expleted
“There’s not much chance of me being defeated.
In the normal mortal hand to hand.”
“Well you agreed and the agreement stands”
Replied the midget dragon to the knight.
“But I came here for a proper fight.”
“Well if we keep on arguing we’ll be here all day.”
The knight at this point considered walking away.
“Oh alright” said the knight, clearly embarrassed.
He was starting to feel increasingly harassed.
And from such humble beginnings the legend grew
Of St George and the dragon he allegedly slew
Not be sword and shield and lance
But by a silly game of chance
And of course he didn’t slay
The tiny dragon, that or any other day.
So be careful if into a little cave you climb
And hear a tiny voice saying “Oi, that’s mine.”