The Knave

The Knave – Illustration by Corey McCarty

Written and illustrated by Corey McCarty

On a tower of books the young knave sits dreaming of distant lands.

With a far away look and his nose in a book too big for his tiny hands.

He read two books about pirates and three about dragons and knights.

He’s read about trolls with eyes like black coals and snakes with venomous bites.

Two books about mermaids, one about ghosts and eight about everlasting love

Books that feature every slimy swamp creature and every creature that flies above.

Fifty years later,  when he had read every page  in every book from every last dusty shelf

He’d wept as  he climbed down for what the old man had found 

Is he had never written one himself.