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Pinocchio Dreams He Winters in the Alpines Weeks before his first Feast of Epiphany, anise pizzelles begin to line the pockets of neighborhood boys, their waffle print green to a puppet's eye. Geppetto knows this restless mischief, chuckles about apples never far from trees, and sets to whittling magic only a father can: a shepherds pipe and two new feet, their little carved sandals humble for a caroling yuletide. When Pinocchio sets them both a straw too close to the fire, Geppetto doesn't understand his carelessness. What could be the matter? His boy was to have ten perfect toes! Exposed from a fine-grained oak. Feet more like his mirror image, feet to go pipping with the other boys like a real boy. When asked why he did it, Pinocchio prefers no response at all, but instead promises to be good. But lately Pinocchio has been sleeping poorly. Last night he dreamed he pulled a man named Ishmael from the sea. Geppetto chuckled at that: a man swallowed by a whale? Sounds like a man with a lesson to learn, leans in to tell his son of other foreign beings: at Christmas, in England, elves craft Santa's loot for the good boys and girls. Like here? Asks Pinocchio. Yes, replies Geppetto, Like here, no toys for the naughty boys. But the Northerners! Merry on his wine skin, the Italian man erects his fatherly advice, his pointer finger skyward, Much closer and they're worse! And so tonight Pinocchio dreams of Krampus and switches. How to celebrate what hurts.

Rhiannon Thorne

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