Blog Tales

More Unicorns...

Re-reading Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn
sent me in search for another book of my childhood...

The Colt From Moon Mountain...
written and illustrated by Dorothy P. Lathrop...

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This book was given to my mother
on Christmas of 1942...

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These illustrations are ethereal,
but very real and botanically correct...

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Like the wild strawberries at their feet...

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Published in 1941,
this story still grabs my heart
and sends me searching for midnight eyes that reflect the cosmos...

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and the return of innocence
and the simple pleasures
found in embracing and loving the gift of wonder,
the gift of life...

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" 'But if a young maiden,' " her mother read on, " 'seat herself beneath a tree, the Unicorn does forget his fierceness and become as gentle toward her as a pet Hind. Approaching the maiden, he kneels and lays his head in her lap, and there sleeps.' "