In a blue plastic tub is the hide
of some four-footed animal. I did not
flense its skin from sinew, do not
even know how it came to be the way
it is: pelt of dark brown, short
stubs of hair following the grain
of previous growth. Someone bought it
then forgot about it. Someone found it
and gave it to me, saying How many books
do you think this could cover?
In response to Via Negativa: Writer's folly.