Untouched, a beautiful size 12, pressed up hard against teeth in a cold vice gripping. Naked in isolation, she waits for a strand of cotton, and the dub from a Jack Rabbit pelt, thumb and forefinger, wax on felt.

Slow concentric movement across taut yarn, fraying on rough skin, the evening dress of Marabou and Elk, neatly clipped back, yellow, and green. Silver and gold on a thorax of hare, the titanium blades snipping through feathers for wings, and a dot of epoxy on the head to complete.

the allusive trout,
on a patch of water, still,
waiting to compete.