I use my

      general purpose scissors

to cut brown card into small shards.

They have

      hard-wearing carbon blades

and slice precisely

to make the bark of a elm tree.

They are

      supplied in a smart PVC wallet

which I cut

to create a stream.

I tear some

     ivory tissue paper

to form cirrus clouds.

I crumple more

to add stratocumulus.

I stick this to

     versatile paper that’s perfect for drawing and sketching


     traditional Japanese glue.

I give it to dad, who puts it in

    a 120 gauge thick black sack

and tells me

to do something useful

for once.

Copyright: from Dear Ugly Sisters (Otter-Barry, 2020), © Laura Mucha 2020, used by permission of the author

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