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 griffin in the teacup is tiny
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.