Introducing Decimals

A dream, like trying
to remember, breaks open words
for other,
hidden meanings. The grass
pales by degrees, twigs
quiver glassily,
flowers the window.
Intimate equations more complicated
than the coordinates of past
and Germany. The cat
cannot lift it’s paw
it’s leg longer and longer
with effort.
A crying fit
is cancelled. An aria jellied
in the larynx.
Nothing moves in the cotton
Coma: only Descartes
pinches himself
and every fraction
must be solved.

Rosemarie Waldrop

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