V. Composition with Mouse
Desk top cleared, pipe in hand, about to strike the match, when I hear a soft thump, a mouse drops onto my notebook.
Description of the mouse: average height, grayish coat, long black whisk- ers, long bare tail, unblinking opaque eyes.
I am deathly afraid of mice, irra- tionally afraid, so I slam my dictionary on top of it.
Then dip its snout into my inkwell and use its crushed, limp body as my pen.