The all-seeing pencil is always ready to admit erasure. Starting over couldn't bother the shadow of gray that camps out over Seattle and declares: you shall run out coffee before you run into Pygmalion. (Mirrors and marble only operate under ideal lighting conditions.) Whisper, then, to your neighbor: love is a word we will not understand, and no one commands us to talk. Open the mail and remember: no paper is written to resist the fires of a skeptical mind. Word strings tie up everything around while paragraphs pretend to be building blocks. I heard that an architect proposed a house made entirely of floss, but the plans got stuck in someone else's teeth.