“ I would prefer not to “
I politely said as I began a letter to the silent insects who were devouring that terrible book.
The soup that had been given to me soon cooled and a film appeared on its surface within an hour.
It was during these minutes that I invited the remaining insects to set up home.
All creatures deserve shelter I reasoned
as I completed my task.
Title taken from Bartleby The Scrivener by Herman Melville