inelegant math

fractions blow my mind
like one half of a blow
or two thirds of a mind
make how many hearts?

who knows
who cares

after all
it’s just division
taking a thing
and slicing it into parts
so that each new thing
is a new thing
and the whole thing
no longer exists

isn’t this why the heart
is part of the mind
is part of the whole

nothing to do with blood
or skin or tissue but
something else that
reaches out and gets real
only in the eye
of another


a hurricane
decades ago
snapped the trunk
at roof level
now the limb-tree
at a wild angle

a ball
decades ago
snapped a finger
now the finger
still broken
at a swollen angle

soft thoughts
decades ago
disguised as hard objects
blocked vision
now the mind
in sharp angles