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"Et Viz!" With a crook'd finger the old man did point
Toward a cage, draped strangely with a black damask
From which, a hissing coo did sound
And from which, an occasional crimson-emerald feather did fall.
Intrigued, I did stand and take notice at once
And motioned to see what was there in this cage
Seated in this strange store, this very strange shop
That one would probably forget ever existed
If one passed it by on such a forgettable street
Yet here I was, anxious and awaiting
Of what my eyes were to be quick to tell my brain --
And behold! Lifted, did the ancient storekeep,
With his hobbling and crook'd gait just so
The shroud of mystery, black though faded to a dull brown
That had long covered this strange cage
From which a hissing coo did sound every then and now.
And see! Yes I saw, indeed I did, a bird of beauty peculiar
In fact it made me laugh at first, for it was
None other than a Cockatrice, fabulous Greek bird-serpent
Imported, conveniently enough, from the Persian folk
Who were a tad anxious to give it away to a plucky new owner.
Still, I took in it's luxurious plumage, nearly Eden-like in its loveliness
With varying shades, of blodd-stained cirmson and glowing emerald
With its eyes that glowed a fluorescent Foxfire green-yellow
And the delicate coo thence followed by a trill or his...
And thus spoke the storekeep: "A murder, this bird be!
Look at you straight, and turn you to stone it shall!"
And thus spoke I: "Bah! A fairytale you tell."
And thus bought I, this lovely bird, and took it with me
And I look at it now, it's eyes that same Foxfire, it's plumage intact;
It eats its food and sheds a feath, and it makes me ever wonder
How curious this world is, and how many people are in it
And how few of them are able to hear a Cockatrice crow in the morning...
Should you ever be here, to hear it's startling song,
I shall in the sense the ancient storekeep did to me...
"Ay, lad, see that there? See it?"
And you shall probably say what I then said to him --
"What do you mean, man?"
To which I shall point, with a finger like so, and say: "Et Viz!"
A very, very odd poem that came out of equally odd circumstances.

The original version of this poem was completely different, written around 14th May 2002, and was a conglomerate of sexual innuendo and sexual repression. It was written as part of an assigment for my Advanced English 10 class, but at the time I was composing it, I didn't realize I would have to read it in front of the class. I don't remember if I threw the old version away or simply misplaced it; either way, I can't find it.

As for the current version, which was finalized 16th May 2002, there's really little to say. It was just a surrealist narrative poem inspired by a picture of...a Cockatrice! Other than that, this poem is not overly special, simply a work that I was pleased with enough to include it here.

Et viz! is corrupted Latin for "And look!"

Much special thanks going out to for let me use his cover-art!
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moncoraptor Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
this style will make a great book :)
did you think about writing?
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Royal-Sovereign Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008
...writing what.

If you mean a book -- then that's the dumbest question ever posed.

I'm a writer. Author. It's my life, I do it all the time, and when I'm not doing it, I'm trying to do it again.

Take a browse through the gallery before you ask questions.
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iamymai Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
this thing is awesome! it's like a combination of a hen, dragon, and yoshi. well colored.
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Royal-Sovereign Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2005
Ah...regretably the work was not done by me. It was borrowed from a friend in order to embellish the poem. :cry:
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3MagicWords Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2004
This is very interesting. Nice work ma lad.
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Royal-Sovereign Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2004
Thanks guy!!
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JetBlackRaven Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2004
I loooove it.... awesome use of words... good job!
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Royal-Sovereign Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2004
Hey man, thanks!! Total thanks for the favorite. I really appreciate it! :D
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JetBlackRaven Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2004
Of course! :D :hug:
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Royal-Sovereign Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2004
:hug:
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