How to Double Your Luck
By Juleigh Howard-Hobson
A tail feather dropped from a rooster that
Was taken by a hawk. An egg shell, broken
Open from being hatched. A cherry, dried
While on the stem. A lock someone forgot
To close. A hair from a child awoken
From nightmares. Lachrymators of tears cried.
A small piece of rock from between the graves
Of a couple who died accidentally—
Whether sickness or calamity slayed
Them—both at the same time. Sea glass from waves
Over shipwreck spots. A twig from a tree
With three bird nests in it. Any luck made,
Any fortune won, will be doubled when
You carry one of these on your person.
Juleigh Howard-Hobson’s work has appeared in Faerie Magazine, Silver Blade, Illumen, Enchanted Conversation, Eye to the Telescope, Coffin Bell, The 2018 Rhysling Award Anthology, Mandragora (Scarlett Imprint), Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos) and other numinous places. The author of five collections, she lives in the cold grey wilds of the Pacific Northwest.