Friday, April 7, 2023


Say what you will 
about the trickiness 
of algebra

or the tedium
of arithmetic—at least math
always works.

The signal's
always digital; calculation 
never hurts. 

One cannot, by 
contrast, say the same 
about words. 

Our metaphors 
are scabrous 
and charmed as quarks, 

and even pleasantries, though 
sugar sweet, can overheat 
and burn. 

At least our 
best equations can 
dissect these loaded terms

into disembodied
letters bent on 
formulaic certainty; 

our sloppy questions
of what is (or maybe isn't)
only serve 

to add duplicity
to this world—confabulation
leaves us lonely.