Medieval marginalia is tender proof
of the urge to doodle,
the early cartoonists and comic
book artists, were they all monks
with righteous tasks? dreaming
and imagining sci-fi-fantasy creatures and such:

beyond the stone walls and fields of peons,
after prayers, what imaginings and sinning.
what need for adventure, creeping in to a dream world and seeing:

A golden-legged beast of three heads perched upon
three long necks, scales and bumps down its octopus
tentacle tail, blue as the deep.  A unicorn horn of green
points at the throats as their dog faces grimace, whine
or laugh.  The green horn of the unfortunate offspring of
a wormish thing and a hooved monkey?  As it stands aloft
its mountain peaks it salutes or threatens its foe-friend.
Which kingdom will preside, how will they amend?