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

the former
with the latter
both are thus defined

as two perpendicular
lines —

the x-axis is life
and love the y


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.