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Poem: "The Manticore's Eyes" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "The Manticore's Eyes"

This poem came out of the January 8, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by this picture prompt from xjenavivex, who's doing art exercises, and eseme who mentioned color blindness.  It was sponsored by xjenavivex.


The Manticore's Eyes


The manticore's eyes
are as blank as pearls
but not blind.

They sat empty for hours
while the gods of fire and earth
argued over how to fill them.

It would not do, said the gods of earth,
to leave them colorblind as some men are,
unable to tell yellow from blue, red from green.

The gods of fire grumbled, bristling
at the reminder of those minor mishaps,
and overcompensated in turn.

The manticore's eyes see not only
yellow and blue, red and green,
but infrared, ultraviolet, polarity.

It is this last which does the damage,
polarized light overlapping into godsight
and the subtle perception of the soul.

The manticore's voice
is a thing of great and terrible beauty,
its hunger unending, its poison perilous.

But the awful, blazoned rage of the beast
is fueled entirely by the burning sight of its eyes
and what their vision reveals in the hearts of men.

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jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: February 10th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh! Awesome.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 10th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like it.

I saw the exercise picture that xjenavivex was working from, years ago, and I always thought the manticore's eyes looked creepy. So I got to wondering why, and this popped out.
danceswithwaves From: danceswithwaves Date: February 10th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
This reminded me of a song I love. The Manticore's Lullaby.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 11th, 2011 03:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Wow!

That's lovely. Thank you for sharing.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: February 10th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, man.

Kind of a damning assessment of mankind, isn't it?

Still, I love your imagery and wordcraft here.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 10th, 2011 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well...

>> Kind of a damning assessment of mankind, isn't it? <<

Humans are monstrous.
Humans are magnificent.

These two things are equally true, and I explore both, but usually in different poems. Once in a while I throw them together, though, as in "Terrorist Hell."

>> Still, I love your imagery and wordcraft here. <<

Thank you!
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