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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