The pirate is part magician and part thief. With all the gauze and white tape, I know the left side of his face better than the right side. Pirates, like werewolves, live tied to the moon. The dark break in the white plaster is the negative of the full moon rising.
gills of the fish faith you and
me these pirates see
His lupine history lingers as the silver in his beard. Wolves and domestic dogs alike contract Lyme Disease. A study in the Czech Republic, found wild boar in forest regions infected with the bacteria as well. Tell me who steals the otherworldly pigs, without magic? There is magic in the phenomenology of the feral sentenced to three years in the forest. The deer with white tails like lighthouses are host to the black-legged ticks who are host to the Borrelia burgdorferi. Lighthouses, cyclops, and lakes oh dear.
Part of The Learned Pig’s Wolf Crossing editorial season, spring/summer 2017.
Cover image: Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, illuminated manuscript (c.1412 – 1416). Detail from calendar scene, November. Photo: R.M.N. / R.-G. Ojéda