The March of Books

Normally your stories go marching through your head.
Beware, one day they may go marching off your bed.

Books hold tales that astound,
Full to the brim.
They may wish to be unbound
And go live some of them.

They have stiff spines and inky minds
That roam beyond the real.
Let them find a plot that winds
With no ending to fulfill.
Let them go so they may know
More than what they tell.
The only way they’ll grow
Is if allowed to rebel.

They open themselves up for you.
One day they should for themselves too.

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Illustration by Uwannaringthebell.

Free Wishes

Skoller freed all her Wishes,
From the dull to most delicious,
Those on candles, stars, eyelashes,
And those deep and superstitious.

She lined them up.
Gave them her love.
Then sent them off to live.

I Wish that I could be as brave,
Wish my Wishes weren’t enslaved,
Wish Wishes could just Wish away,
Wish, Wish, Wish, Wish…

Owls of Haunted Holler

Also read about Birds of the Cashew Coast and Snails of Snargoyle Garden.

Southern Shadow Owl
Flies south of the spirit lands to hunt.  Who its prey is remains unknown.  However, it’s said to be feared by all manner of devils.

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Illustration by Kaleb Cutsinger whose work can be found here.

Drowsy Owlet
Just wants to know who you are and why you’re waking it up.  Why are you bothering it?  Leave it alone.

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Illustration by Kaleb Cutsinger whose work can be found here.

Caligo
Also known as “the Eyes in the Dark” (because that’s all that’s been seen of them).  Thought by some that they make the night (just so they can peer out of it).  They’re believed to be owls, but who really knows.  Ornithology’s weird.

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Illustration by Kaleb Cutsinger whose work can be found here.

Pocket Owl
If you’ve started noticing twigs and other bits of nest collecting in your pockets, as well as tiny owl pellets scattered around your feet, you’ve likely encountered one.  Who else could it be?  Just buy new clothes.

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Illustration by Kaleb Cutsinger whose work can be found here.

Nebula Owl
Natural enemy of the Caligo.  Pokes holes in the night.  The only owl who doesn’t nest.  In fact, it never stops flying.

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Illustration by Kaleb Cutsinger whose work can be found here.

Gowl
Heard more than seen.  Always sounds baffled, saying, “Who am I?  Who are you?  Who is who?  Who, who, who?”  All good questions.

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Illustration by Kaleb Cutsinger whose work can be found here.

Grizzly Owl
Long claws.  Fantastic sense of smell.  Pronounced shoulder hump.  Gorges on salmon and berries.  Only known owl who is flightless.  Might be a bear.

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Drawn by Edgard.

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Illustration by Kaleb Cutsinger whose work can be found here.

Howling Owling
Actually very quiet.  Named for the howls of those who encounter it.

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Illustration by Kaleb Cutsinger whose work can be found here.

Tip Your Hat

If something can’t be said
Don’t say it.
If something must be said but can’t be said,
Tip your hat and tilt your head,
Pour it out, spray it,
Do whatever to display it.

False may just be optional,
Opt to be unstoppable,
And if it’s not impossible,
You’ve got better things to do.