Porcupine came over with a gift of leavings.Verse
"Kind of you," said Raven.
"I have a report," said Porcupine. "This morning when the birds woke me up, I realized that my quills and my skin don't delineate me."
"What delineates you?" asked Raven.
"You always blink when you ask a hard question," said Porcupine.
Raven said, "You are very observant."
From the many beings' doings and sufferings,
From the universe's physics and chemistry,
We ravens scavenge.
Curious, this noticing, noticing,
Drawing the true lines --
Drawing them with an eraser.
Case by Robert Aitken, adapted; introduction and verse by Meredith GarmonRaven 59