How To Build An Owl

1. Decide you must
2. Develop deep respect for feather bone and claw
3. Place your trembling thumb where the heart will be:
for one hundred hours watch so you will know where to put the first feather.
4. Stay awake forever,
When the bird takes shape
gently pry open its beak
and whisper into it: "mouse"
5. Let it go

-- Kathleen Lynch