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Morphoses
texte et dessin : © Claude Ponti

Morphoses

(Doorcus carotta modifica tingtingabilae)
Morphoses get their name from a Greek Myth in which Zeus, who had turned his mistress Io into a cow in order to hide her, was arguing with his third wife, Hera.
Hera says:
“Yes, you changeling be gone,
your dissembling treachery,
with Io turned into a cow,
really you are too much!»

The French copyist misunderstood what she said, and wrote down the following words, (which sound almost the same in French as those above):
« Yes put your Changepot out to graze
Your lies laugh, ass, and
with Io turned into a cow
do you take me for a fool?»

This happened in 948AD at the pilgrims’ Hostel in Nantes Collegiate Church. On his journey to Rome, the monk in question - one copyist Anthony Teahentea - exhausted and behind in his work - made several mistakes which sent Pope Agapet II into a rage. Pope Agapet II was in love with precision and faithful translations. The exact nature of Anthony’s death remains unreported, it was so awful.
Nevertheless and in spite of all of this, the fact that this happened in Nantes on the doorstep of the Collegiate Church makes it logical to name Morphose with the name Morphose. Thanks to the work of Malika M’Ombella, we know that Morphoses belong to the Apiaceae family (otherwise know as Ombellifairs). And that these plants have had their tubucular hypocytes genetically modifiend by a centipede. Their flower-pot shape is due to the timid nature of these insects which choose to live sheltered and protected behind clay. We know of three principal varieties.