Khaleesi Says (2)


I will fight injustice with justice, she says.

and,  I bring you a choice.

But what if she said,  you will obey me?


That pride is a pit

and Khaleesi is no peach.

Brute. Burden Beast

She is Bullied, Brazen and Bare.


She has scrabbled with man, horse and spirit.


What is fire-born can be fire-ridden,

for, one hand has five fingers

One digit could lead the others astray


This hand is reaching up

as she is of the air.


She says, I will see each of their faces

When she says each, she means all.

What if,  in the moment that she leans in close

to the lens, there is a smear of sap

What then of womanhood?


A mother of dragons

is still a mother.

Her stare is blue:

a fire, not catching.  

a stunted sun

a contorted kiss

a vein left turned


this hand gives allegiance

and this hand,  the heart.

and this heart  beats


with the roar of a wingspan

so big it could cover us all

in darkness.


© Umansky 2014


Kevin Thomas, of HORN! Reviews, was kind enough to illustrate some of my Mad Men poems from my #madmen inspired poetry collection, DON DREAMS AND I DREAM. The poems are, “The Times,” and “In My Next Life, I Want To Be An Ad Man.” (Thank you, Kevin).


  1. I have a new website, check it out, here and sign up for the newsletter.

  2. Three of my Game of Thrones poems have been published in the January issue of  Poetry Magazine.  Read them here. Some of these poems have recently been translated into Norwegian by Beijing Trondheim.

  3. My #Madmen inspired, DON DREAMS AND I DREAM,   was recently listed as one of  “10 chapbooks you should buy” in Time Out New YOrk.


Oh Don…

Oh Don...

Thanks to AMC for this fun app. I cannot wait for Mad Men.


I’m excited to be published in
“The” NEW Spring 2014 issue of The Poetry Society’s “The Poetry Review” out March 29.
(http://t.co/iCbNHrhwAu) #GoT


Go get him!


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