First, they collect them. I tell you

they collect them.  Flattened and stacked—

all facing the same way.  Folded in half

and torn, they multiply.  Folded in half again and 

quartered, they thin down but gain in strength.

Strength is powerful.  So they keep folding 

and inter lapping, folding,

inter lapping, folding…, but 

their hands move so quickly

you can’t see what they are doing.

They move so quickly even they can’t see

what they’re doing.  Even when 

everybody has their eyes open, watching. 

Yet they make lovely picture frames 

to hang in the family room or down the hall.