The Zen Dragon


Josh Brown

Inside a dark cave, a dragon slept soundly upon his hoard of treasure. A powerful wizard came and awakened him.

“I can offer you eternal bliss,” the wizard told him.

“Is that so?” replied the dragon.

“All you need to do is give up all your possessions,” the wizard said.

The dragon looked at his cache of riches. Realizing he didn’t actually need any of it, he dumped the entire heap into the lake.

“Now,” said the wizard. “What is the sound of one wing flapping?”

The dragon felt a calm wash over him.

“That’s easy,” the dragon said. “Dragonlightenment.”


Josh Brown is a writer of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. His work can be found in numerous anthologies as well as in Mithila Review, Fantasy Scroll Magazine, Strange Horizons, and more. He served as award chair for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association’s 2017 Elgin Awards. A native of Minnesota, he tweets at @jedeyepatch.

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