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Jabberkinny (A Poem of Sorts)

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 4:36 pm    Post subject: Jabberkinny (A Poem of Sorts) Reply with quote


(Miniature converted and painted by Lanse Tryon.)

I was inspired by a miniature painted by Lanse Tryon to represent a "jabberkin" for [a href=http://www.tripleacegames.com/WonderlandNoMore.php]Wonderland No More[/a] and, oh, well, yes, by that certain poem by a Mr. Lewis Carroll. It's unabashedly derivative (and in that weird 8-8-8-6 meter).

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The Jabberkinny

‘Twas ftorning, and the papermin
Did furl and flaffle in the wheeze.
All grummy was the jabberkin,
As it stifled a sneeze.

“Beware the Human-folk, my son!
The vorpal blade that snicker-snacks!
Beware the Tweedle folk, and shun
The Cards that hunt in packs!”

He heft his proly girth and strode.
To tear some tristle prey apart.
So rested he by the Guarded Road,
To catch a horse-drawn cart.

And, as in stumber thought he lay,
The merchant-man with bags of gold,
Came ristling down the Guarded Way,
Or so the story’s told.

One, two! Three four! And through and more,
The jabber jaw went bite-and-scat!
The merchant’s cart in twain was tore,
The horses fled, like that.

“And, has thou fed, my Jabberkin?
Come to my claws, my slibry spawn!”
But he just clanked, for gold within,
Was all he’d gobbled down.

‘Twas ftorning, and the papermin
Did furl and flaffle in the wheeze.
All grummy was the jabberkin,
As it stifled a sneeze.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


(Miniature painted by Lanse Tryon.)

“You seem very clever at explaining words, Sir,” said little Alicia. She bore only a superficial resemblance to a certain other Little Girl who’d visited Wonderland before, but was well-enough familiar with the proper protocol for these things. “Would you kindly tell me the meaning of the poem ‘Jabberkinny’?”

“Let’s hear it,” said Humpty Dumpty. And so he did, and after a bit of preamble, he got to the really important part of explaining those peculiar words with one or more meanings packed up into one word like a suitcase—or, rather, a portmanteau.

“‘Ftorning’ means just a mite before noon, but just far too late in the day for anyone to believe for a moment that it’s still morning. It’s after morning, you see, but the moment is so short that if you take the time to say it all out properly, why, it’ll already be noon! So, in true portmanteau fashion, you’ll just have to spit it all out at once—ftorning.”

“That’ll do very well!” Alicia said as she deftly ducked, lest she get any Egg-spittle on her. She nodded appreciatively and smiled encouragingly for him to continue. “And ‘papermin’?”

“'Papermin' is not, as one might suppose, a contraction of ‘paper men,’ nor is it a mispronunciation of ‘peppermint,’” Humpty helpfully clarified. “No, rather, it’s ‘paper’ and ‘vermin,’ but we’ve thrown out the ‘v’ because that looks too much like a folded piece of paper. That would be terribly unpleasant for paper creatures of any sort. We’ve made then efficient use of the ‘er’ that the two words share, and run them together into one.”

In this manner, Alicia expressed her appreciation and encouraged Humpty to continue, and so he did: “‘Furl’ of course is exactly what you’d expect—a perfectly legitimate if somewhat underused word that is the opposite of unfurl. To ‘flaffle’ is to flap and shuffle at the same time, which is a perfectly natural thing to do if you’re made of paper.

“'Grummy' is what a jabberkin often is: grumbly in the tummy. And a 'jabberkin', of course, is kin to the fearsome Jabberwock—its spawn, due to a pairing with who-knows-what (and I don’t really care to know).

“Now, ‘proly’ is another efficient word, where we’ve taken the pieces of roly-poly and squashed them tight, which is just about how a jabberkin is put together. ‘Heft’ is a questionable piece of grammar, but we’ll strike it up to poetic license—as a great deal of it has been taken here already.

“‘Tristle’ is like taking ‘tasty’ and ‘little’ and grinding it together with an ‘Rrrr!’ (just as a jabberkin would) and that’s what you end up with. ‘Stumber’ is stupid thought teetering on the edge of slumber, which is also a perfectly natural state for a jabberkin to be in when it hasn’t something chewy to entertain its mouth.

“‘Ristling’ is the serious business of both riding and whistling at the same time, to make absolutely certain that no one is caught unawares and trampled under-hoof or under-wheel as might happen if you were to so thoughtlessly ride along without a sound. And then, as one might not be terribly surprised when describing the jabberkin, ‘slibry’ is a perfect description of how slimy and slobbery the beast is.”

“Thank you so very much, good sir,” Alicia said, with a curtsey. “The whole story makes surprisingly more sense than before.”

But as she bid her farewells and skipped away, the point of most import to her present situation—which hardly needed any translation at all—was the bit about the “clanking” and the “bags of gold” that the jabberkin had gobbled down. At worst, it meant that she’d have to sneak into the beast’s lair and hunt for a rather shiny pile of waste, if the treasure had passed by now.

Otherwise (she was assured that this was a very fresh poem), it meant that she’d simply have to use her quite sharp knife to cut open the clanking beast’s belly and get the gold out that way.

She thought that the latter prospect sounded like—Oh!—so much more fun.
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