It will be illuminated

Sheepskin soaked in lime
A vile and stinking rag
Covered in slime.

Stretched on a wooden frame
A sharp sickle attacking its undulating surface.

Gradual and patient transformation
As grime slowly gives way
For words, images, and marginal notation.

Malodorous matter evades
With grinding movements
Leaving a white receptacle
For the mind.

While the animal subsides
Room is created
For the imaginary.

The end of a woolly animal
Is the beginning of art.


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