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Under My Hat: Tales From The Cauldron

Edited w Intro by Jonathan Strahan
|Looking Under The Hat

The stories all start w a hat, specifically a tall, black, pointy hat. It may all be headology, or it might be something more than that, but we all know that a tall, black,
pointy hat is important b/c of what you find UNDER it. Young or old, male or female, good or evil, the person under the hat is always a witch. But what kind of witch?
Witch Work by Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by Chris Riddell

The witch was as old as the mulberry tree.
She lived in the house of a hundred clocks.
She sold storms & sorrows & calmed the sea
And she kept her life in a box.
The tree was the oldest that I’d ever seen.
It’s trunk flowed like liquid. It dripped w age.
But every September it’s fruit stained w green
As scarlet as harlots, as red as my rage.
The clocks whispered time, which they caught in their gears.
They crept & they chattered, they chimed & they chewed.
She fed them on minutes. The old ones ate years.
She feared she loved them, her wild clocky brood.
She sold me a storm when my anger was strong
And my hate filled the world w volcanoes & laughter.
I watched as the lightenings & wind sang their song
And my madness was swallowed by what happened after.
She sold me three sorrows all wrapped in a cloth.
The first one I gave to my enemies child.
The second my woman made w broth.
The third waits unused, for we reconciled.
She sold calm seas to the mariners’ wives
Tied winds w silk cords so the storms could be tied there.
The women at home lived much better lives
Till their husbands returned, and their patience be tried there.
The witch hid her life in a box made of dirt
As big as a fist & dark as a heart.
There was nothing but time there & silence hurt
While the witch watched the waves w her pain & her art.
But he never came back... he never came back.
The witch was as old as the mulberry tree.
She lived in the house of a hundred clocks.
She sold storms & sorrows & calmed the sea
And she kept her life in a box.
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