One wonders how would I draw a dolphin
if I had to? until that day the complimentary
bookmark in your library book slips out and
you notice it reads How To Draw a Dolphin.
You flip it over and find yourself stunned for
there they are—five squiggle sequences leading
from the rather embryonic to the clearly dolphinic.
You begin rehearsing this creation narrative and
in no time flat you’re doodling dolphins on junk
mail envelopes, restaurant receipts, and twice in
the margins of your Bible when the sermon slogged.
Life is on occasion like that. You wonder how would I
(fill in the blank) if I had to? and life says okay here’s
a nudge at no-cost. Something falls in your lap
or someone crosses your path and suddenly you’re
in possession of rules that if faithfully followed have
you playing “Theme from Ice Castles” for friends or
saddling a horse without having to think twice or
reading your published flash fiction on the web.
That last example (being published) is impressive,
no doubt. But its really all the same—drawing dolphins,
learning French, being kind—begin, then practice.