Counting with You


             

                                       after “Reasons for Numbers” by Lisel Mueller


one.

a vessel. before


two.

you. charcoal on film:

legs, face, heartpulse


three.

holy. so far we have

made it. tuck thumb

and forefinger. show me


4 & 5 we skip like chalk squares marked with rocks.


six.

[me]

brother

brother

       unparented

cousin

cousin

cousin


seven.

rainbows. cast

by PBS & summerhose. days

names, I will have to teach

you when the world starts

to spin again

for now

we rest


eight.

because you prefer two

fours [whole, not

counted] because forever

is looped

mitochondria [N1a1]

because I was born

ouroboros, the year

of the snake


[9] seven was hungry, starving


ten.

because starhand

in mine, because

smalltoes: cheese chips

instead of roast beef

joythis even if

we tell it twice, you will

never have to

go through this

whole world weeping

hungry or alone

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