Edmund, the Apprentice, and Tangleroot, the goblin, both of whose destinies are entwined by a hex from the Unseelie Court.
Another commission. She insisted that I depict the dog’s snaggle-teeth, so I did. This did not take nearly so long as the previous dog. I am becoming efficient with my progress/time ratio. It probably needs more refinement, but she seemed happy with it, even if I am not entirely satisfied.
Picture for a coworker. Her dog is wall-eyed in the worst way. (I laughed when I first saw it because I am an asshole, apparently). Anyway, fixed the dog’s eyes in the drawing at least.
Glinting dragonflies with diaphanous wings
and catfish splashing, spreading lakeside rings;
knobby-kneed fawns wobbling in arboreal shade
and robins above, singing a triumphant aubade;
geese waddling as a troupe— gander, goose and goslings—
and angry little ducks quacking very cross things;
chipmunks flitting in tawny flashes, to and fro, to and fro,
while squirrels bicker and bite, in the trees and down below;
pond congealed with green algae, black muck, and duckweed,
and bullfrogs burping rudely, from shoal to mud to reed;
foxes playing like wildfire in the bulb-bobbing clover
and the light showers of rain as the clouds pass over;
hawks perched on power lines to search for unsuspecting prey
while buzzards circle the remainders from yesterday;
a sun-blanched skull with a broken antler crown
tangled in the cedar-post fence, all tumbledown;
a dilapidated barn with a mournful, gaping mouth
opened toward a thunderstorm rumbling to the South;
the ancient tractor overgrown with vines, its wheels rusted,
the tiller blades dulled and the engine block busted;
broken cobblestones upon the front-yard path,
a lopsided swing and a shattered birdbath;
a farmhouse peeling, its gutters clogged and its siding stained,
spiderwebs splayed across every unbroken window pane;
the weathervane’s cockerel cracked at its lightning-struck comb
and the cupola collapsing inward, like the rest of that home;
and these headstones hidden among the wilderness of wheat
where there pass no children’s laughter or words or pattering feet;
their corpses cuddling together for carrion comfort beneath it all—
husband and wife: childless, finite, fallen, mortal.