• Melinda

On Things That Don't Add Up


They teach paradoxes

But only in the theoretical

Look, they say

A feline in a box

An experiment of slits

It doesn’t add up

Let us think on

What this teaches us


But they've forgotten

All the flesh and nerve endings

They've forgotten

That where a mind finds whimsy

A belly can ache


Proofs and

Logic gates bridle

A wild, ischemic heart

Flailing to resuscitate

Amidst barbed wire

Of your freshly sharpened words


And still


I cannot solve

Cannot reconcile

Why all at once I hold

The anger of a stampede

And the wilt of an empty room

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