NaPoWriMo 2020 – Day 6 – “Dragon Underneath” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Not My Best Side” by Ursula Askham Fanthorpe

Hey there everyone.

I’m participating in NaPoWriMo 2020, if you aren’t following the NaPoWriMo website already then go check it out at

Tonight I have taken a prompt from the NaPoWriMo website regrading ekphrastic poetry. Since I am a big fan of found poetry, I thought it would be very interesting to take a piece of ekphrastic poetry (which focuses on describing a piece of art) and turning it into a found poem.

What is also very interesting is that my own poem focuses more on artist themselves than a piece of art, which is a nice inspirational twist 🙂

My inspiration for tonight’s poem was written by a witty female English poet called Ursula Askham Fanthorpe and you can read the lyrics to her amusing, insightful poem below. Furthermore, I’ve included in this post a picture of the actual painting that inspired both Ursula and myself, you can find it further in this post.

Read the lyrics to “Not My Best Side” by Ursula Askham Fanthorpe

Finally, here is my own found poem, thank you for reading and good luck with all of your NaPoWriMo adventures throughout this month!


Paolo Uccello – St George and the Dragon / Public domain (WikiMedia Commons)

“Dragon Underneath” by David Ellis

The artist and obsession with time
Are but conqueror and victim
Literally dying, always rise again
It’s hard to be sure
To be quite the dragon
To know and feel ready
Dangerous, to be honest
Underneath, you could see at a glance, the future
The secret moment, difficult and rescued
Carry out myth-building
What, in any case, does matter
What you want



If you write any inspirational poetry then you should check out Auroras & Blossoms Poetry Journal. They are working on a special anthology issue focusing on inspirational poetry written during the period of NaPoWriMo this year! For more information, check out their submission guidelines here.

Auroras & Blossoms also accepts submissions of inspirational poetry all year round from adults and children aged 13-16 for their regular quarterly issues. Issue 3 is out now, so make sure to get yourself a copy soon!



2 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo 2020 – Day 6 – “Dragon Underneath” by David Ellis – A Found Poem Inspired by “Not My Best Side” by Ursula Askham Fanthorpe

    • Thank you for reading and commenting Maria, I really appreciate it 🙂 I often feel like there is a moment when creating art that feels like a secret that is suddenly revealed, a spark which if rescued really does make a piece special 🙂

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