Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Untold Arabian Fable

Read "Untold Arabian Fable" at The Eldritch Dark:

This haiku from Clark Ashton Smith (CAS) references Balkis, an alternate name for the biblical Queen of Sheba.  The poem would appear to be inspired by I Kings 10:2, as highlighted at the following link:

In this poem, CAS succeeds wonderfully in giving the reader just enough detail to fire the imagine around this "Untold Arabian Fable".  The combination of a biblical queen with the enormous legendary avian predator is rife with all sorts of narrative possibilities, and CAS inspires that with a mere dozen words!

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