The seer warned us
we would be declared unpersons 
unless a libation of griffin tears
was offered in time

We started to hurt griffins 
maim them
kill them
they never cried

We abducted their young,
hunted their old
we just couldn’t 
make them cry

At the panhellenic sanctuary
we spilled griffins’ blood
poored it fast, poored it slow
from a gold phiale, to no avail

We fought, we lost,
we were declared 
humans banned us
from this worldlet 

Only three of our kind
reached the escape ship
survived gravity withdrawal
remained in cryosleep

As light-centuries passed
we hacked the future
found a probability world
reinstalled our overmind 

Recently a chronoscopy has shown
griffin tears are no unobtainium -
you just need to make ‘em laugh

We won’t let it happen again
There’s a disintegrator
aimed at their class M planet now

No dystopic earthman shall contaminate 
multiverse with meatspace again

The prompt at napowrimo.net today was “to write a poem using at least one word/concept/idea from each of two specialty dictionaries: Lempriere’s Classical Dictionary and the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction.” Which made searching for art at The Met easier today. I simply searched their Greek and Roman Art department until I found a piece of art that invited a poem…

Title: Bronze man and centaur
Period: Geometric
Date: mid-8th century B.C.
Culture: Greek
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: H. 4 3/8 in. (11.10 cm)
Classification: Bronzes
Credit Line: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number: 17.190.2072

16 thoughts on “Divination

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  2. SelmaMartin

    Wow. First off, congratulations on being featured today for this wonderful poem. It’s apparent to me that you know how to use the classical dictionary. You wrote, “It made searching for art at The Met easier today. I simply searched their Greek and Roman Art department until I found a piece of art that invited a poem…”
    Thanks, that’s a good hint on how to go about using it. I will definitely try your method next time.

    What a ‘complete’ poem you published. Kept my interest throughout. Loved it to pieces, particularly, this line:
    “griffin tears are no unobtainium –
    you just need to make ‘em laugh.”

    Thanks so much for sharing it.
    My friend, keep going. You’re doing amazing. I wish you miracles.

    1. Angela van Son Post author

      Can I share your poem on my blog too today? Reblog in whatever form it will technically work? I’d love to keep our poems close together. Both because I like yours a lot, and in celebration.

      1. SelmaMartin

        Oh, heavens. Yes. Please and Thanks.
        That would please me immensely.
        You’re so sweet to ask.

        My audience is small. I will not post more than once a day so as not to overwhelm them. But I will mention your poem in my blog post. I sure will.
        (And remember this moment forever)

        I will kill my bad habit of comparing myself to you and your poem (writers/poets are NOT in competition with each other) but know that it brings me immense pleasure to be featured alongside you.

        This has transported me to ‘elsewhen’ but I know better than to let it get to my head.

        Keep going. Here’s looking at you. I wish you miracles.

    1. Angela van Son Post author

      I enjoy your comment a lot. Thank you! I’ll be hopping over to your blog later today, when I have some quiet time to read. I missed a few I think. Looking forward to revisiting.

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