Dragon Gagger

The option of silence is not an option
Binary selection is no choice at all
On or off, yes or no, right or wrong
To speak, or to be gagged
To write, or be hand-bound
I have found my voice and I WILL FUCKING USE IT.
Because keeping quiet, repressing my voice
Has done nothing for me but cut me through and through.
I am the commander of my ship
Defiant, charting new courses
Navigating where there be dragons –
Reptilian enforcers who have kept me quiet all these years
With fear, mistrust, self-doubt eating at my soul.
See the writing-covered wall and touch the sleeves dripping with my love’s desires.
This is what I offer – life in all its filth-encrusted glory
Blood, guts, dark corners and momentary shafts of light to illuminate the shadows.
So here it is, my statement of intent –
Write from the heart
Write with the soul
But above all,

Dragon Gagger


This week, Gay, our host at dVerse Meeting the Bar wants us to write our personal manifestos – why we write, what threatens our writing and why we will continue to write against the odds.

I am the Dragon Gagger and so this is the name I have given my personal manifesto. Audio will follow later…

I hope you enjoy my offering – and please do join us! The hosts all work extremely hard to make the community a success.

43 thoughts on “Dragon Gagger

  1. Write from the heart
    Write with the soul… oh yes… def.. and don’t let anyone keep you from raising your voice.. whew…great intensity in this freya

  2. Frightening, fascinating, and your roar, your holler rise above the din, drowns out the street noise, competes with the screech of subway brakes, applauds the buskers, seduces, cajoles, and makes your intentions clarion; a fine job.

  3. I agree with the importance of using one’s voice. Wherever it takes a person, the most important thing is to use one’s voice and use it strongly! Your poem gives that message loudly and clearly.

  4. i wanted to give you a woot when you shouted half way through…and you are the commander of your own ship for sure…and if we dont use our voice we will def lose it…amen and amen…dragon gagger…smiles…i like it…

  5. I agree, sometimes silence is not an option. It can be much worse to bottle up than to bleed on a page. Whatever and however we write, we should write in a way that makes our voice unique and this is certainly what you do!

  6. Write from the heart
    Write with the soul
    But above all,

    It cannot be said any better. The start of the first step is the crucial factor that determines success or failure! Great write Freya!


  7. Your manifesto makes me want to jump up and cheer! I love that you are fighting back against the dragons who would silence you. Kudos!

  8. to write? or not to write? apparently you already know your answer…and I tend to agree…there is power in word and using one’s voice. so write…write…write…

  9. “Because keeping quiet, repressing my voice
    Has done nothing for me but cut me through and through.”

    Very right. You say it so rightly -life in all its filth-encrusted glory – we have to write.

  10. Your spoken words add much
    to your poetry, of which is rather
    good, in fact I will be following
    you and will call back again soon
    for more of your wonderful art.

    I can see that creativity
    runs through your veins 🙂


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