Pat Jones

Her Massive Sandal

by Catherine Chandler

You have no idea how much poetry there is
in the calculation of a table of logarithms!
         — Jane Muir, Of Men and Numbers

Don’t ask me to describe the color blue,
or to portray the flavor of a pear;
to explicate the texture of the air,
or draw a contour map of Xanadu.
I’d rather write that one plus one is two;
the universe is none of my affair.
An abstract God is (n)either here (n)or there;
and as for love, it can be false or true.
In cold and calculating, clear, exact
equations, you approach infinity,
while I am left to reason with my heart.
And yet in symbols signifying fact
we share a common tongue of symmetry,
the pure delineations of our art.

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Catherine Chandler’s poems and English translations from Spanish and French have been published in numerous print and online journals and anthologies in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. A three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize and finalist in the Howard Nemerov Sonnet competition and Best of the Net, Catherine is the author of For No Good Reason. A member of the Greenwood Poets, Catherine lives in Saint-Lazare, Quebec.