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Poem: "The Teacup Griffin" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "The Teacup Griffin"

This poem came out of the January 4, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a picture prompt from tuftears and the story "Meaningless Ranting" by ladysprite.  It was sponsored by kelkyag.


The Teacup Griffin


The griffin in the teacup is tiny
and picture-perfect,
feathered ears just so
and tail-tuft impeccably curled.

The griffin in the teacup is sickly
and fretful, full of digestive ailments
and an allergy to feather mites, even before
the front and back halves began attacking each other.

The teacup griffin is a cautionary tail and a picked feather
sadly demonstrating why it's not nice to fool with Mother Nature.


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kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: January 5th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awwww! Poor grifflet!

ellenmillion says the March EMZ-Zine theme is griffins -- would you consider submitting this?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I'd be happy to have it reprinted there. If the poem goes into a more conventional market, it'll be eligible for awards.
eseme From: eseme Date: January 6th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, that last line of the second verse!

So, was it the shrinking that caused the problems, or just making griffins in the first place?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 06:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Hmm...

Based on the original story, the problem started with full-sized griffins because the biologies aren't very compatible. In essence, miniaturizing them made everything worse. From what I know of biology, if you breed for size then you have to put that ahead of things like hardiness. It causes problems. Even if you ratchet back and forth, it's challenging.
eseme From: eseme Date: January 6th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

Right. That makes sense.

I do enjoy scientific logic being applied to magical creatures.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 08:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Hmm...

So do I. I do that pretty much habitually. I know all kinds of odd details about some of the species in my main fantasy setting.
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