Dicke Nacht

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.

-Tom Whalen

Animation D 2015
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