The Lesser-Known Riddle of the Sphinx

There are two sisters: one gives birth
to the other—she, in turn, gives birth

to the first. Who are the sisters?
Call me the three-legged sister.

In a pride of lions, the hunters are female.
They kill their prey by strangulation.

Sphinx: from the Greek, for squeeze
for anything that binds tight.

Sphinx: head of a woman, immense—
body of a lion, wings of a bird.

We were small. We chased each other
around the yard, day and night.