‘He appears to me.’
‘Chaser of dreams,’ they spit the words as a blasphemy.
I speak of it no more.
On misted morns we roam the green hills,
when the moon wanes and waxes
enough for both guidance and abscondance
’tis time to scale the grey boulders
that line the mountain’s sides
and with the passing years we attune
one to the other,
hidden above when the giants came
and none escaped the long sticks
made from earth and sorcery,
wielded in a blood storm.
A tempest of frenzied search followed,
prey and hunters both in pursuit of veiled locus.
your great horns struck them dumb
dealing a deadly dance of eviceration successively,
frothing hide, burning eyes, pounding hooves
the victory stance.
‘He appears to me,’ I whisper to self,
and I need speak of it no more…
1. A creature from medieval belief that has the body of a goat, tail and tusks of a boar, the head of goat and the feet of a Unicorn. It has horns on its head that can rotate in their place. The Yale is the size of a horse and has multi-coloured spots on its hide. The name Yale comes from the Hebrew ‘ya-el’ meaning ‘mountain goat’. Similar to Yali and Centicore. Sourced from: Mythical Creatures List.
2. The Yale is a four legged beast from Ethiopia and India its colour is a tawny brown or black. It is about the size of a horse; it looks much like a deer but has the lower jaws of a boar with its tusks. The Yale has movable horns that it can control.
The Yale can move a single horn forward to use as in a lance like fashion, the other horn moves out of the way to protect it. If one horn is damaged in a fight it moves the other horn in to place to resume the attack. The Yale is seen in British heraldry it is ones of the Queens beasts and is featured on the arms of Christ’s college, Cambridge University. Sourced from: Mythological Creatures by Lee Masterson.
3. “The size of a hippopotamus, with an elephant’s tail, of a black or tawny color with the jaws of a boar and movable horns more than a cubit long (17-22 inches)” Sourced from: Zoomythology – David Alan Keith.
4. The mythological Yale was first written about by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History. The Yale then passed into medieval bestiaries and heraldry, where it represented proud defense.
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