STUDY IN SUMS
The sum of the blood and the snow is the blood,
though wiser and colder.
The sum of the blood and the stone is a moon.
The sum of the snow and the moon and the blood underneath
is the snow.
The sum of the blood and the moon is a hole in the sky.
Nothing goes out through that hole.
The sum of the sky and the road is the road.
The sum of the road and the song is Mark Turcotte.
The sum of the moon and a hole in the ice is a girl.
The sum of the ember and anger is blood.
The sum of the blood and the jar is the blood in the jar.
The sum of the axe and the neck on the stump is the blood.
*
The sum of the gossamer hair and the bird in the air is a web.
The sum of the bird and the air is called flight.
The sum of the bird and the stump is the blood.
The sum of the bird and the bird is a brood.
The sum of the blood and the bird is a bird
in the hand (and not in the hole or the bush or the air).
*
The difference between the axe and the hand is edge, is intention.
The sum of the hand and intention is bruise.
Whereas: the Sum of the Axe and intention is wound, meaning gape.
The sum of the bruise and the blood and the neighbor’s daughter is the summons.
The difference between the summons and the sermon is compulsion.
There is no sum of the sun and the moon.
*
The sum of the bird and the wire is the stripe.
The difference between the stripe and the belt is just short of an inch.
The sum of the dumb and the saved is the dumb.
The sum of the heart and the hand is caress.
The sum of caress and the bird is a pet.
The sum of the bird and the cage is the bird in the cage.
Perhaps this is obvious.
*
The sum of the sun and the son is the sound.
The sum of the sun and the beach is the tan.
The sum of the tan and the tame is the suit.
The sum of the hand on the flesh is the print.
The sum of the flesh on the beach is also the print.
The sum of the oil from the hand and the meniscus of glass is a print.
The difference between the hand and the flesh is the world.
The difference between the world and the word is one lonely L.
The sum of the world and the word is creation.
Maybe instead it’s cremation.
*
The sums of the words and the page and the hurt and the world are the same.
The sum of the sun and the dung is the stench.
The sum of the hand and the wrench is the tool.
It can also be murder.
The sum of the hand and the dream is the same as the hole and the heart.
There are many differences between the dream and the world. In one there is logic, in the other, there’s none.
The sum of the blood on the stump and the brother is the smear on the skin.
The sum of the smear and the hand—again—is the print.
The sum of the print and the dust is the proof.
You can see the sum of the oil on the hand and the dusting for prints on TV.
The sum of the proof and the word is the proof.
The sum of the word and the dust on the ground is the proof.
The proof of the hand is the mark.
The proof of the heart is the dream.
The difference between the proof and the roof is a P.
The proof of the roof and the ground is the height.
The proof of the height is shown in the bone.
The proof of the difference between the bone and the stone is the emergency room.
The room is all covered in fluorescent light.
The room is where we all inevitably go.
The proof of the room is the bill in the mail.
The sum of the proof and the roof is the jump (sometimes it’s the push—the difference between these again is intention, or sin, or whatever you want it to be).
The difference between the dream and the jump is just dumb, it’s the bump on the head and the jut of the bone through the skin.
*
The sum of the blood and the bone is the mess.
The sum of this dress and the sex is the dream.
The difference between dream and the sex is intention.
It is also permission.
*
The sum of the year and the sickness is death.
The sum of the year and the lump is a prime number.
If the sum of the blood and the lump is a prime, then what is the world?
*
The sum of the time and the proof is the crime.
The sum of the crime and the proof is the term.
The sum of the crime and the term is the plea.
The plea is always a prime number. All pleas are multiples of only themselves and 1.
The sum of the flame and the blood is the flame.
The sum of the old and the new is the same.
The sum of the dream and the world is obsession within it and with it.
The sum of the sums and the heat of the sun is belief.
The sum of the axe on the stump and my brother is proof.
The proof of the crime is the proof of the world.
The world of the heart is the world of the blood.
The world of the blood is the world of the dream.
The dream of the blood is the dream of the proof.
The sum of the proof and the dream is the dream of the rood.
I think the dream of the rood is my dream.
Is anything true? Are proofs?
