Mondrian

I.

love and life
begin and end
on identical letters
but cannot rhyme

the former
juxtaposes
with the latter
both are thus defined

as two perpendicular
lines —

the x-axis is life
and love the y
 

II.

this is Mondrian, who painted
like this because he wanted
to reach the Absolute
a space beyond the self

you don’t like it, that’s fine
you are too passionate
you inhabit your body
too snugly

but I want you to know
my love for you
is Absolute
as this white paint
 

Part I. published in Scree No.6.

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