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What Can be Named in Numbers Reassures

M. Travis Lane
From: Canadian Literature Vol. 145, Summer 1995. Keeping Afloat (Guernica, 2001)


We mostly agree on the forms of math:
2 by 4s to build with, 3 by 5
paper cards, or 7 by 9
tin pans.
What can be named in numbers reassures.

A bug sails past the window, catching light
which, I suppose, flicks on it through the pear tree
whose thick crest
divides and rations summer.
                                                      As if in mind
to choose between the skeins of air, the bug
leaps, zigzags, in a swagger like
the flourish under a signature:
unmeasurable lust.

And poetry,
which measures nothing, spells itself.

But are we needed after all?
Without a noun or numeral the lake
drowns the red sky, is beautiful.

That, also, reassures.


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