magical unicorn

watercolor of unicorn, with horn made into crossNovember 1, 2015

November is…magical. This year, not only does it mark my birthday (and, as always, the prelude to the holiday season), but also the conclusion of this year-long artistic/creative project. After a little extra celebration and rest, there will now be extra time to catch up on a very long, very neglected reading list. Now that, my friends, marks pure, unadulterated, magical days ahead…

The saintly hermit, midway through his prayers
stopped suddenly, and raised his eyes to witness
the unbelievable: for there before him stood
the legendary creature, startling white, that
had approached, soundlessly, pleading with his eyes…

High on his forehead rose the magic horn, the sign
of his uniqueness: a tower held upright
by his alert, yet gentle, timid gait…

His eyes looked far beyond the saint’s enclosure,
reflecting vistas and events long vanished,
and closed the circle of this ancient mystic legend.
-Rainer Maria Rilke, The Unicorn

‘Well, now that we have seen each other,’ said the unicorn, ‘if you’ll believe in me, I’ll believe in you.’ -Lewis Carroll

Everything today has been heavy and brown. Bring me a Unicorn to ride about the town. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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