Creation Myth

Mathias Svalina

In the beginning

there was a book

by Italo Calvino.

The book had hind legs

growing where its

arms should’ve been.

The book ripped

its own pages out

& died. This sacrifice

inspires all great

books. They want

to be empty covers.

They eye your

whole pages & fancy

you confetti.

This is why we

bow low before

entering a cave.