Stealing The Sky

from by Phil Mills

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The first book of the “Temeraire” series by Naomi Novik contains a subplot that led me to imagining the main character's point of view.


He's chained to the ground in sight of the gallows,
His wings folded over his head.
And his talons have torn the raw earth into furrows;
His tail whips an oak's bark to shreds.
The trapdoor has fallen and, with it, has taken
One half of one body and mind.
He clings to the thought, how they touched clouds, together,
Of two lives so closely entwined.

You've taken his sky,
Alive but with no will to fly.
If something as easy as death pays for treason,
What crime could serve as a reason
For stealing the sky?

Once free of my shell, I chose my own captain
To carry, obey and defend
And if you should kill him, I'd tear down your cities
As sure as it meant my own end.
No rules could dissuade me for, like mutilation,
That pain would endure 'til I died,
So I can't believe that some other lost dragon
Would feel that much different than I.


Our first choice is simple but holds us forever:
Live wild or live part of a pair
And choosing that bond defines an existence,
To us, as important as air.
Tomorrow, we'll rise when you call us to battle,
To carry your weapons and fight.
For now, explanations are worth less than silence;
No dragon forgives you tonight

[Chorus x 2]


from Mix Until Absurd, released July 1, 2014
Phil Mills – lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Karen Linsley – backing vocal
Peggi Warner-Lalonde – backing vocal


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Phil Mills Toronto, Ontario

Phil Mills writes songs of science fiction and fantasy fandom: filk.

He released the CD "Rain on the Sand" in 2009, containing all original material, mixing funny and serious treatments. That approach has continued, as does his writing.

He has become an avid promoter of the FAWM and 50/90 online song-writing communities, using those as inspiration sources for yet more songs.
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