Sketchbook Page 15: Merrythought

September 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

Wishbone or Merrythought

The wishbone ritual, in its fullest manifestation, involves the drying of a furcula from a chicken or turkey for three days before handing it out to be broken between the crooked little fingers of two children. The one who retains the largest portion of the brittle bone with its strange (and, reflecting on my own childhood memories, perhaps highly suggestive) hooded cavity (which often harbours a trace of dried blood) will receive the gift of wish-fulfillment.

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