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Poem: "All Hell Breaks Loose"

This poem was inspired by a discussion between kelkyag and janetmiles in the comments following "Stonewings."  It was sponsored by janetmiles.  Here, have more gargoyles.


All Hell Breaks Loose


For years, there had been rumors
of strange doings in New York --
muggers and robbers and rapists
suddenly snatched away from intended victims
and carried shrieking into the sky by shadowy wings.

The police dealt with it calmly --
they were, after all, also New Yorkers.
They tossed the babbling victims into a cell overnight.
By morning, the problem usually resolved
in sheepish apologies and confessions of too many drinks;
or if not, the men in white coats could be called
to take away the ones who kept talking crazy.

It wasn't until the advent of cell phone cameras
that someone actually managed to get proof
of what was really going on.
Soon there were too many pictures -- blurry and clear --
of gargoyles flying away with criminals
for anyone to ignore.
Not to mention the full-color photo
snapped by a New York Trash reporter
showing a gargoyle feeding its chicks.

There was a brief, heated debate over what to do.
Leave the gargoyles alone?
Order rocket launchers to shoot them down?
The police, still being New Yorkers,
decided to see if the gargoyles could be trained
like K-9 units with concrete wings.
After all, the argument went, they already knew
how to catch  the bad guys.  It was just a matter
of convincing them not to swallow.

The ruckus died down.
So did the crime rate.

Then one day, somebody gets the bright idea
to smuggle a few pairs of breeding gargoyles into Detroit
and all hell breaks loose.

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: January 5th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, squee! Much with the giggling.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Somehow I doubt that will be as simple as introducing raptors to knock down your pigeon problem. ;)
kyleri From: kyleri Date: January 5th, 2011 03:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

One wonders how the raptors and the gargoyles get along, actually.
wcg From: wcg Date: January 5th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC) (Link)
OK, as a child of Detroit, I find this delightful. I would love to see this happen.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I've got another poem from Detroit too, "The Houses of Haunted Dolls." That one's still up for grabs -- it's a feral building story.

I'm still open for prompts too:
http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/1501604.html
Feel free to toss out your favorite highlights of Detroit or any other city.
eseme From: eseme Date: January 5th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Ha! And after Detroit, where next?

This is good fun. I also asked for more gargoyles, and enjoyed this. Thanks!

And thanks to janetmiles!
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 5th, 2011 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
BWAH HA HA HA HA HA!!!
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: January 5th, 2011 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh. So now the gargoyles hatchlings eat steak, or pigeons? If the gargolyes were selectively hunting criminals ... why? Will the chicks be properly nourished on other game?

I'm amused by the "New York Trash reporter" as well. Their "how I got this photo" story must be exciting.

(Edited for grammar -- sorry about that.)

Edited at 2011-01-05 08:38 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>>So now the gargoyles hatchlings eat steak, or pigeons? If the gargolyes were selectively hunting criminals ... why? Will the chicks be properly nourished on other game?<<

I don't know. Yes, the gargoyles selectively targeted criminals. I don't know if they can eat other food; likely so. But they might run into trouble if they don't get any criminal flesh.

>>I'm amused by the "New York Trash reporter" as well. Their "how I got this photo" story must be exciting.<<

I figured that once the news got out about gargoyles, people would try to get better photos -- and the National Geographic folks would be at a disadvantage on that turf. A skilled and somewhat reckless urban photographer would stand a better chance.
red_trillium From: red_trillium Date: January 5th, 2011 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Hate to see the carnage once they hit Washington DC.......
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 07:31 am (UTC) (Link)

0_o

Yyyyeah ... that would be ... bad.
red_trillium From: red_trillium Date: January 6th, 2011 07:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: 0_o

Or good????
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 9th, 2011 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: 0_o

Well, it would depend on how much of Capitol Hill they managed to eat before gorging themselves to death.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: January 5th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love your story-telling poems, and this one was a lot of fun (poor Detroit!)

The tense change in the last stanza threw me, though.
endlessrarities From: endlessrarities Date: January 5th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like that one a lot!!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2011 11:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear that.
mtgat From: mtgat Date: January 6th, 2011 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
That was fantastic! :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 06:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you enjoyed it. I have some other Detroit poems if you dig around for them.
bodlon From: bodlon Date: January 6th, 2011 02:16 am (UTC) (Link)
You've got to watch those invasive species.

On the other hand, it'll spruce up the urban decay problem.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Invasive species can be very troublesome. You'll find that motif in various other poems.
red_trillium From: red_trillium Date: January 6th, 2011 07:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Hmmm, I wonder if an "invasive species not being troublesome but being helpful/a "savior" would be a good poem motif??
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 9th, 2011 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

That has potential. Feel free to pop it into a fishbowl some time.
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