Friday, May 7, 2021


things we know 
cannot be applied;

what's crucial 
is impossible,

like going back in time 
to leave before you arrived.

As if we 
are the ones who've just 
done something wrong,

the solution 
has a habit of breaking 
it off with us—

just when we hoped we might
cling to it most.

All we can do 
to keep ourselves occupied

is tally-up the evidence 
we've snuffed from 
existence, but 

this never seems to run 
down the clock—
and besides,

the total 
is not the same thing
as the sum.