It’s pretty obvious that Heathcliff came away with a trophy in a bearding competition. What isn’t obvious is that “competitive bearding” has a different connotation in December than it does in November, when such contests are a celebration of irony, or whatever. In December, one wins a competitive bearding competition by shearing another man’s face-pelt and claiming it as your own. Heathcliff carved his from the mug of the local wizard. First prize.
Paul Arrand Rodgers was a contributor to Heavy Feather Review issue 1.1. In addition, his poetry and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Knockout, JMWW, Monkeybicycle, and elsewhere. Follow Heathcliff Explained on Tumblr, then check out Date with a Wrestler and Fear of a Ghost Planet.