i fish it out of the no-man’s land
beneath the back-back seat
momentarily mistake it for detritus
it is the smallest boat in the world
dime-sized fighting ship
speculate about the shipbuilder
know the whole
time the real problem
yet to be addressed-
was it always this small?
life’s work of tiny men?
or was it once a real boat
whittled down to this diminution
by years and years of sturm and drang
in this teacup full of sea.