Pessimist Poetry’s Foreword: Red Dragon Hannibal Poem

During one of my work trips I decided to start reading Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Last summer I binge watched the TV series Hannibal and I loved every moment of it, causing me to pick up the books. I read more than half the book in one sitting while on the ride back home and love Dolarhyde’s character, his internal struggle between himself and the persona of the Red Dragon, slowly succumbing to his “becoming” of the Red Dragon. It’s pretty obvious in this piece, but Thomas Harris’s book served as the inspiration to write this Red Dragon poem. Enjoy!

Do you see?

Spread my wings in suppressed fury

Do you see?

That which I am becoming

Do you see?

The transformation, from disfigured and abused to omnipotent,

leaving behind a corporeal husk in pursuit of transcendence

Do you see?

No, you do not see or seek to understand,

frozen by fear and pitiful revulsion at the figure that stands before you

Do you see now?

To serve a greater purpose, adding to my strength

Do you see?

My becoming.

The Great Red Dragon looms above all,

leaving its mark and surviving the test of time while you crumple to dust

Do you see?


But you will, soon enough.

You do not owe me fear or empathy;

You. Owe. Me. Awe. 

Pessimist Poetry’s Afterword: Red Dragon Hannibal Poem

“Before Me you are a slug in the sun. You are privy to a great Becoming and you recognize nothing. You are an ant in the after-birth. It is in your nature to do one thing correctly: before Me you rightly tremble. Fear is not what you owe Me, Lounds, you and the other pismires. You owe Me awe.” -Thomas Harris

What did you think of this Red Dragon Poem? Let me know in the comments below! If you like this poem, be sure to check out this poem from last week!