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Love Letter to Arithmetic

Conspiracy of tapped fingers concealed behind my desk,

of thumb-sized bears in colored cups to be sorted, counted

(two bears plus three is five,
one yellow, two red, two blue)

of flash cards held up from across the room, then thrown

(only once, when I failed to pull lines of sums
out from a mind of words and maps and unicorns):

I’d like to love you,
read you like a geometric proof,
scan your differences like a line of verse,
balance scores of quotients like a quadratic
equation, or my feet along a beam, or the two
perched wings of a scale,
lead pebbles on one side, filings on the other.

Liner note

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