The Jabberwocky

The Jaws that Bite, The Claws that Catch!

So technically the name of this beast is the Jabberwock and the poem featuring him is called Jabberwocky, but since the rest of the world seems to have accepted the improper naming convention, who am I to stop the tide. Originally appearing in Lewis Carol’s “Through the Looking Glass” In a poem considered one of the best English language “nonsense” works of our time. We learn three maybe four things about our beast from this work, that his “jaws bite”, that his “claws catch”, that his eyes are “of flame”and that he’s slain by a “vorpal” blade and the rest is up to you. Whether you take it in the standard buck toothed camel faced winged beast direction or take your own inspiration from the poem, I just ask that you try and entertain.
 
Now for your enjoyment, Lewis Carol’s “Jabberwocky”
 

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
 
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”
 
He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.
 
And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!
 
One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.
 
“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.
 
‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

 
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our judgeOur Judge this week is Becky Shaugnessy, wife of Witchbanger Chris, friend, occasional smartass, once was badminton champ and now Etsy artist extraordinaire. Check out their mosaics and non-traditional art pieces at their shop Waylash (Named after their 2 rescue labs whom were named after Waylon Jennings & Johnny Cash.) To sum it up in their own words “We noticed the need for mosaics with a bit more edge and pieces we would love hanging on our wall…which then turned into paintings…and here we are today – wanting to share it with the world!!!

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