Long ago in Ancient Persia
lived a most ferocious beast.
With shark-like razor teeth
which on men’s flesh would feast.
Great wings did stretch, twenty feet from end to end
With lion’s mane and claws, it would your body rend.
Beyond that, what remained was unclear
But it was certain it instilled great fear.
Scorpion tail and paralyzing spikes,
The face of man, claws like pikes.
Presented by Persia’s history
A Manticore lies before thee.