5 Firey Poems for the Year of the Dragon

With the Year of the Dragon roaring into our lives, it’s time to spice up our festivities with some poetic flair. Whether you’re a seasoned poetry enthusiast or just looking for a dose of inspiration, don’t miss these five dragon-themed poems to add a little extra oomph to your Lunar New Year.


“Dragon Teeth” by Jessica Nelson North

 Let’s kick things off with a little ferocity. Jessica Nelson North’s “Dragon Teeth” captures the electrifying energy and mysticism of the traditional dragon. Published in the 1939 issue of Poetry magazine, this haunting poem evokes claws, wings, bones, and even a creepy crypt. North takes readers on a tip-toeing journey through the dark and enchanting.


“On A Spring Night Delightful Rain” by Du Fu

Next up, we’ve got a gem from the Tang dynasty poet Du Fu. “On A Spring Night Delightful Rain” paints a soothing picture of a rain-sprinkled city. But beneath the surface, there’s a deeper message of family, community, and the warmth of human connection. As we enter the lunar new year, Du Fu reminds us that amidst the pitter-patter, it’s the love and togetherness of our loved ones that truly make life special.


“Dragons” by John Ciardi

Now, let’s fast forward to more contemporary times with a poem by John Ciardi. His 1961 poem “Dragons” is a soaring ode to the mythical creature, capturing its strength, resilience, and boundless spirit. Set alongside vampires, werewolves, unicorns, and other mystical creatures, Ciardi reminds us of the awesome and incomparable power of the dragon. 


Chinese New Year” by Lynda Hull

Diving into contemporary American poetry, we discover “Chinese New Year” by Lynda Hull. This poem paints a vivid and evocative picture of the Lunar New Year celebrations, blending elements of myth, tradition, and modern urban life. Hull’s verses weave a tapestry of sights, sounds, and sensations, transporting readers to the heart of the festivities. 


“Chinese Dragons” by David Bottoms 

In this contemporary piece by David Bottoms, the mythical creatures take center stage, evoking a sense of awe and wonder. Bottoms’ poem explores the mystique and power of Chinese dragons, weaving together themes of history, culture, and the timeless allure of these legendary beings. Through vivid imagery and lyrical language, “Chinese Dragons” invites readers on a journey into the heart of ancient China, where dragons reign supreme as symbols of strength, wisdom, and auspicious fortune. While not specifically about the Lunar New Year, Bottoms’ poem adds depth and resonance to our celebration of the Year of the Dragon, reminding us of the enduring fascination and reverence for these majestic creatures.


So there you have it, folks! Five poems to add a touch of magic to your Year of the Dragon celebrations. Whether you’re reciting them around the dinner table or using them as inspiration for your own creative endeavors, may these verses fill your Lunar New Year with joy, prosperity, and the fiery spirit of the dragon. Happy New Year!