My speculative cinquain "Woodwose" now appears in the December/January Issue of the web-zine APHELION:
An earlier version of this piece appeared in some of my blogs, but the revised version in APHELION is the superior version.
For those of you who don't know what a woodwose is, the woodwose (or wodewose, or wodemwose, or wudwasa, or wodwos, etc.) is the hairy wild man of medieval Europe. Woodwose is the Middle English term for a being found throughout European lore. You can find depictions of such wild men in medieval art, descriptions of such wild men in medieval literature, and records of nobles dressing as such wild men in medieval pageants. Some cryptozoologists suggest that the wild men of medieval art and literature may have been inspired by real hairy hominids that resided within the dark and dangerous forests of ancient and medieval Europe.